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Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke
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Jul 22, 2012

really liked it
Read in July, 2012

This was a pleasant surprise. Not a happy book, but a fully engaging one. The story line was compelling (yet, alas, brutal), the characters were sufficiently compelling, the time(s) and place(s) interesting, and the prose was solid throughout and sublime, if not exquisite, in spots. As I (quickly) progressed through it, I was reminded of both No Country for Old Men (although, frankly, this is far more nuanced and, ultimately, gratifying) and Lonseome Dove (without being quite so epic in scale); neither is terribly similar, but I found the feel, the immersion, and the art comparable.

Reviewer's lament: The book was lent to me with a strong recommendation (fully deserved, in retrospect), but, frankly, no explanation - I must say I'm surprised Burke never crossed my radar screen previously - my only regret is that I didn't realize the book was part of a series (although, as I read, I had an inkling that might be the case). My guess is that I'll go back and read the first two at some point; or maybe I'll try the book(s) about the protagonist's cousin (if I've got that right)...
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