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Lightning Rods by Helen DeWitt
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Jan 11, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: tournament-of-books-2012
Read from January 29 to February 01, 2012

The thing that I enjoyed most about this book is the narrative voice: it's like the best possible version of an affirmation-heavy self-help guru, turned outward onto the protagonist, Joe. The voice is very funny and gives the story--which would probably be plenty funny and engaging no matter how it was told--a great propulsive energy.

I read Lightning Rods around the same time I saw Scorsese's Hugo and although in tone they have basically nothing in common, they share a theme of people finding their place and purpose in the world--and inventing what they need to in order to find that purpose.

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Reading Progress

01/29/2012 page 41
01/30/2012 page 186
68.0% "This is shaping up to be a nice antidote to "The Devil All the Time.""

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