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Learning to Pray in the Age of Technique by Gonçalo M. Tavares
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Jul 17, 12

Read from July 13 to 17, 2012

Not quite as good as Jerusalem (what is, though?), this is the second book in Tavares's "The Kingdom Quartet." It's focused on a single character--a ruthless surgeon turned politician, his mental philosophy, and his eventual death.

The first half of this is a bit too long and repetitive . . . Tavares is at his best when everything is honed down into precise, sharp prose. He's also a master of writing *space,* something that's evident in the "Barrio" books and in Jerusalem. This novel is a bit too confined and localized to adequately display his skills.

Anyway, I'm super jacked to read Joseph Walser's Machine though, especially since Joseph Walser pops up in this book (at a hospital, having lost a finger), and I've heard that some of the characters from Jerusalem show up in JWM . . . It'll be cool to see how this series starts tying itself together (at least a bit).
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