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How the Dead Dream by Lydia Millet
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May 12, 12

Read in May, 2012

I wasn't really sure what I was getting into with this book. Someone recommended it and so I thought I'd give it a try. I like reading titles that I would never think to seek out on my own.

I finished it in one sitting. This book wrapped me in a cocoon of character and words that I didn't want to leave. Millet's prose is poetry - lyrical, beautiful, human. And sardonically funny, which is always good!

From the beginning, I was worried that I wasn't going to like the main character. He's set up to be a selfish, rationalizing capitalist only concerned with his own gain. I worried needlessly. Even before Millet takes him into the true heart of his transformation, she keeps him very sympathetic and genuinely likable (if not always relatable).

Millet is an author of deep compassion and profound understanding. I look forward to being wrapped in the characters and words of her other work soon.
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