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A Sorrow Beyond Dreams by Peter Handke
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Oct 17, 2008

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bookshelves: nyrb, barthelme-syllabus, austria, male, non-fiction, year-1970s
Read in October, 2008

This book really didn't work beyond the beginning pages. And yet it wasn't bad. The writing was not engaging enough, the biographical style he chose ("after that, she did this..." etc.) is hard to stomach for too long. You can tell that Handke was conscious of this too, putting in things that broke from the pattern, even a whole page meta-talking about why he decided to write it in this boring style! The book fails in some interesting ways. I feel like Handke never had a good sense of what he wanted to do with the subject matter. As for the story itself, it was okay; I was especially struck by some of the insights about about her mother growing up towards the beginning. I also admire his sincerity.
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