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Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
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Aug 28, 2008

it was ok
Read in September, 2007

When I saw the glowing reviews about the spectacular prose in this novel, I thought "OK, whatever." Then I opened it up and started reading, and I really was amazed by the lyrical writing. It was beautiful. As I read the story, however, I was troubled by a weird sense that I read it somewhere before. Then I realized that I had - this book is like every John Irving novel I've ever read, minus the kinky sex. It's all here: weird family dynamic, quirky characters - particularly the little sister - parental abandonment, interpreting the law for one's own reasons, sort-of supernatural events, detached narrator, etc. It was an interesting story and very beautifully written, but I felt it kind of ripped off Irving's style, too. If I didn't feel like it was such a cheap copy, I would have given it three stars. If you haven't read Irving or if you don't like his sometimes weird sexual additions, you will most likely enjoy this book. The prose really is stunning.
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