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The Brothers K by David James Duncan
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Jul 17, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: literature-and-fiction
Recommended to Nicole by: Dad
Read from November 23, 2012 to March 23, 2013

Another reviewer said that this book, for her, was 3.5 stars at the beginning, 2 stars in the middle and 4.5 stars at the end. I would tend to agree. While the middle seemed disjointed and out of focus with the first and last parts, I still did enjoy Duncan's writing. Sometimes I don't care that it's a meandering mess if the writing is well-done (see Dave Eggers's "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius").

I appreciated all the characters, and some scenes were just plain laugh-out-loud funny. Kincaid was a great narrator, and the ending was perfect without being trite.

This book is a definite time investment, but I'm glad that our book club read it. The discussion helped me to appreciate the book more - especially the nuances, subtleties and motivations of the characters (especially Mama).

Recommended.
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