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Savages by Don Winslow
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Jun 29, 12

Read in June, 2012

One of my friends saw a preview for the film version of this by Oliver Stone and gushed about how it deals with a poly group. I then saw it was a book...

Let me just say that the voice of the narration is such that the book is definitely an Oliver Stone sort of book. Myself, I loved the style of the writing. With more than 250 chapters, some were pure narration, some chapters were short poems, some were television script formats. Though potentially gimmicky, these changes had a rhetorical weight to them. Pulling back from traditional third person narrative to script format during some of the tension building scenes help mute the emotional intensity of those scenes, pleasantly, where they otherwise wouldn't be.

The book has few predictable moments, and a satisfying conclusion.

As to the poly relationship: I found myself much more invested in the two male protagonists than the female. Both men were expertly crafted (all three were expertly crafted over-all) as to their feelings for each other and for the girl, "O." Early on, you sincerely _buy_ that both of these very different dudes really love this girl. She, on the other hand, doesn't really give off the same feeling. She _says_ she loves them each, but she's really painted much more into fucking, and much more vested in shallow interests than in actually having a deep emotional connection with any of them. She's still a fun and interesting, well-written character; I just didn't buy her emotional connection to the guys as being remotely equal.

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