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The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt
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Mar 05, 12

bookshelves: american-fiction, 2000s-american-fiction
Read in February, 2012

I hated The Last Samurai for all the reasons I hated Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Both star an annoying, intellectually precocious child (and this is coming from someone who was also an annoying, intellectually precocious child) who has father issues and has to go on a lame quest. Both steal liberally from significantly more creative writers, and DeWitt steals a whole subplot from Georges Perec. Both feature pointless pages filled with bullshit such as numbers and illegible script, completely without purpose. And the thing is, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is at least a fast read, seeing as how it is dumbed down for a Youtube-numbed audience. Helen DeWitt had the audacity to take that same crappy story and make it lengthy and logorrheic. Why oh why is this what passes for "experimental" writing in the English language today? AAHHHHH!!!! Christ, this sucked so massively.
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message 1: by Zach (new) - rated it 1 star

Zach Amen. I think I made it through about 40 pages of this nonsense before promptly selling it to whichever used book store would have it.

message 2: by Lee (new) - rated it 5 stars

Lee This came out in 2000, years before Foer's book . . .

message 3: by Andrew (new) - added it

Andrew Lee wrote: "This came out in 2000, years before Foer's book . . ."

It's true. Maybe JSF stole liberally from it. Wouldn't surprise me.

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