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Spirit House by Mark Dapin
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Apr 27, 2012

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By turns funny, languid & brutal, Dapin's second novel centers upon Jimmy, a WWII veteran recounting to his grandson his experience as a POW under the Japanese.
Dapin cleverly sidesteps any historical contrivances by viewing the often horrendous events through the eyes and voice of a near contemporary character. The novel's gears do grind a bit as it moves betweens periods & it would have benefited from a tighter edit but Dapin's writing is sharp & his characters vivid.
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