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Lowboy by John Wray
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Mar 25, 2013

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bookshelves: got-it-at-the-harvard-bookstore, 21st-century-fiction
Read in June, 2012 — I own a copy

Lowboy is fluidly written with evocative descriptions, particularly of the city and the subway. Wray successfully navigates the reader from viewing the main character as a confused innocent, grappling to make his way in a threatening world--the paranoid part of paranoid schizophrenia that at it's more benign end hits on something almost universal, to seeing him as the dark psycho in a creepy suspense (this part of the book flirts with the feel of a mainstream suspense flick), and finally to some sad combination of the points along this continuum. He is part victim, all disturbed. The side of the story that revolves around his mother is a bit unsatisfying. The payoff is a sort of a "yeah, and...??" It's obvious. You know it all along and you're expecting some more concrete, new, and shocking revelation. If there were more to that end of the story, it would enrich the book overall.

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