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Scars by Juan José Saer
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Dec 07, 2011

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bookshelves: fiction, read-in-2012
Read from January 18 to 22, 2012

I was really taken with the style of four first-person stories that have something (sometimes very very little) to do with a murder. The structure and style of this novel is pretty stunning, and illuminates how life-changing events in one person or family's life can be just a blip on the screen, a story of a lousy afternoon for other people.

But oh, the misognyny. I almost abandoned the book after the first fifty pages because of the misogyny. Sure, it was written forty years ago, but - whoa. Intense. The women in the book are shrill or silent, the men are all awful and violence and or cruel toward the women. And generally I'm a fan of awful characters, but the way the awfulness played out, with harm directed at the women, was not awesome.
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