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The Origin of the Brunists by Robert Coover
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Jul 21, 2012

really liked it
Read in July, 2012

A superior book. One of the best reads I've had in several months. The kind of book that from the first page makes you feel you are in the presence of something not just good, but potentially great. Felt this way all the way until the very end, but I thought the denouement was somehow cheap and unearned, or maybe just predictable. The wild orgy of violence and self-mutilation at the end satisfies a certain sneery take on religious belief, whereas the book otherwise held the question of faith in an indeterminate suspension throughout--yes, the Brunists are just a little bit looney, but then again, who isn't. That falls apart in the descent in to madness, and the romantic ending between Miller and the sexpot, sweet, but brainless nurse is thesis-ridden in a way I found unfortunate. Too bad, but the rest of the book is so good that I am still willing to say it's a book that everyone should read.
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