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Communion Town by Sam Thompson
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Aug 31, 2012

really liked it
Read in August, 2012

This was among the first longlisted titles I read, largely because it was getting such negative feedback on the Man Booker Prize forum and I'm contrary that way. So many seemed obsessed about whether it was REALLY a novel or just 10 very loosely connected stories but I've had good luck supporting the underdog in the Man Booker sweepstakes in the past (I picked Anne Enright's The Gathering to win in the face of almost universal contumely among the forum contributors). I wouldn't put Communion Town in that category but I find myself thinking about it long after finishing it. As most will admit, it's beautifully written and while some of the stories don't seem to go anywhere in particular, I found the overall sense of menace to be extremely effective and the idea of the Flaneur (which does tend to link the most of the stories) was a nice idea. This guy could write a great novel someday.
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