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Lightning Rods by Helen DeWitt
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Feb 10, 2012

liked it
bookshelves: satire, tournament-of-books-2012, sexuality
Read in February, 2012

I would have never read this if it hadn't been in the Tournament of Books 2012-

The premise was hard for me to stomach, and in the end I really got sick of Joe's constant rationalizing..."The way I see it is..." and I know, that is part of DeWitt's point.

The middle was entertaining as I got some of the women's perspectives, and I admired DeWitt's clever (and thorough) development of this absurd premise. she thought of everything. Because of this, I was able to finish.

Such heavy satire just isn't my thing, even without such a stomach churning topic. I like books where I actually get involved in the emotional lives of the characters and that definitely isn't possible with someone like Joe, nor is it meant to be.

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