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House of Holes by Nicholson Baker
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Dec 30, 11

Read in November, 2011

A real creative masterpiece -- a book that manages to find the worst elements of literary fiction and erotica and combine them.

I'll give anything a hundred pages or so but it was a struggle with this one. I think it's supposed to feel like a whimsical flight into magical realism, but mostly it just comes across as lazy narration. The overlay of explicit sexuality manages to neither titillate nor educate, which is a real feat when you think about it.

Hard to find something positive to end with. It was maybe a good idea to experiment with? I'm glad the author got it out of his system? I just wish he hadn't inflicted it on the rest of us in the process.

Geoffrey Cubbage
Misanthropology 101
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message 1: by Linda (new)

Linda Great review and clearly much better than the book!

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