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Scorch Atlas by Blake Butler
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Jun 25, 12

Read from June 19 to 25, 2012

Scorch Atlas finds itself holding contradictory positions in my mind. On one hand, it is fairly brilliant: the surreal devastation of the world told by proxy; a random smattering of literary puzzle pieces that form a mind-numbingly grotesque gestalt. On the other hand, the postmodern zeal with which words are flung around this way and that can become top heavy and crush the quirky, macabre mood that the author works so hard to establish. There are only so many times something can be described as "loamy", "molded", or "burping" before the words begin to stale like recycled air. But despite the repetitiveness of some aspects, the individual stories of horrible damnation are intriguing, and the bits and pieces of this absurd carnivalesque world tend to stick in one's mind the same as a bitter taste lingers in one's mouth. I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this book to people...but neither would I say that it shouldn't be read for those who are curious for the experience.
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