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The Enormous Room by E.E. Cummings
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Jan 05, 2012

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bookshelves: 1920-1929, fiction, lists-1001, obtained-daily-lit, fiction-war, setting-france
Read from January 05 to February 26, 2012

Although fiction, this is apparently very much a memoir of Cummings' four months in prison in France during WWI.

I am torn between three and four stars.

I loved his writing style, especially the incorporation of French words and phrases into the text without translation. It reminds me of the way we (American students) spoke amongst ourselves when studying in France in college, constantly pulling French into our predominantly (sadly) conversations in English. I thought this worked really well, literarily.

I also liked the character portraits of his fellow inmates. I thought he drew such wonderful/evocative descriptions of them. I felt like I could picture them so well, and I kept thinking that it would be wonderful to then see them on film.


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