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Faraway Places by Tom Spanbauer
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Jun 27, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction
Read in December, 2002

This book is Tom's first book he wrote in 1988 when he was dirt poor living on East 5th Street. It confronts the racism of his home town and his life. It is an intense book, as all his books tend to be. It was just reissued with a preface and a foreward and when it is reissued will have another preface. He was in Seattle to read from his reissue and read the new preface. He did not change the book at all, it is a child in the world and stands as he wrote it, including the word nigger. The preface he read at the reading addresses the use of this word. An audience member referred to Mark Twain and Nigger Jim in the discussion after the reading.

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