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A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor
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May 17, 2012

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This book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1987 and is hailed as a "classic work of American literature" but I had a hard time with the repetition of a handful of events that weren't all that interesting and didn't improve with the multiple tellings. Yes, the narrator does finally gain some insight into his seriously dysfunctional family, as a mature man in his late fifties, but this knowledge seems to arrive too late for him to be able to do anything useful with it, beyond having a few more meaningful phone conversations with his father toward the end of the old man's life. The sisters are tragic and depressing, and the most successful character in the family seems to be the one who managed to escape to war and have himself slaughtered.

An unfortunate selection of my usually sage book group, this book was a disappointment.
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