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Open City by Teju Cole
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Mar 28, 2012

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Read from April 01 to 15, 2012

I wanted to like this book more than I did. The writing is elegant and the author has lots of interesting observations. Yet I ultimately found the book frustrating. I think my frustrations can be summed up by the following observation by the narrator "I was starting to respect those who were fervent. It was a cause, and I was distrustful of causes, but it was also a choice, and I found my admiration for decisive choice increasing, because I was so essentially indecisive myself." I could never discern a passion for anything really, and none at all for any people. His connections with people in his life were tenuous and once more was demanded of him than conversation and casual retreat, he tended to retreat. Late in the book an allegation is made against him for a serious matter that occurred in his teen years. He neither confirms or denies that it happened,but his subsequent actions are not different from his normal ones.


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Susan I can't wait to talk to you about this one. Are you going to book group this month?

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