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Seven Years by Peter Stamm
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Feb 04, 2012

it was amazing
Read in February, 2012

I think this was the easiest prose I've ever read in a book that was simultaneously pretty deep. I read it because a reviewer compared the author's work to Camus. Which was foolish, no one touches Camus. But it was a good book, an easy book in many ways and the characters were unusually credible. This is especially notable as they represent sorts of extremes in behavior (the mistress incapable of refusing, the wife orchestrating every aspect of her life, the husband claiming no responsibility or often even awareness of what he was doing, etc.). They might have been grotesques but for how totally fleshed out they were. I don't usually love "subtlety" in writing, and Stamm's was nothing but; however, it was basically flawless in the end. The story was a parable about doing what you want and not ignoring red flags in your life that are telling you you're doing what someone else wants. Again, easy but not shallow.
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