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Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
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Apr 14, 2012

really liked it
Read in April, 2012

I listened to this book, read by Will Patton. The story seemed like it was on greased skids, pushed by the momentum of events toward a nearly inevitable conclusion. No spoiler, but I was at least a little surprised by the way things turned out in the end. Lots of foreshadowing, but a persistent counterpoint between Bud's view (nobody ever changes) and Luce's (I'm not the girl I was in high school). The kids are a mystery at first. If Bud's right, their future is nothing but nauseating, but if Luce is right and people change on account of what they live through and see, then their future is, well, not optimistic but at least not completely grim. Frazier handles that tug-of-war between fate and human nature, on the one hand, and human control, will, and adaptation pretty well. It's also a darkly funny book in parts, though some of the phrases caused me to laugh at the book instead of with it. Probably these stood out more in Patton's ominous hoarse twang than it would on the page.

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