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Yalo by Elias Khoury
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Sep 01, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction

Heart-wrenching and terribly intoxicating, Yalo's fragmented mind and tortured notions of love sucked me in; the shattered poetry of his thoughts (especially early in the book, at its most fragmented) pulled me apart even as it helped Yalo (sort of) pull his story together, into one cohesive (again, sort of) narrative. Though the plot is hardly a strength, that's not the point of this novel: it's the feeling, the brokenness that surges through the words, both written and left un-written. If you can handle the torture (oh, brutality), well-worth the read.

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