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American Rust by Philipp Meyer
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Feb 21, 09

Read in February, 2009

This book is wonderfully visceral. The description is very meaty and really makes the setting come alive. What I like most is how Meyer juxtaposes the characters off of each other. The chapters present focuses from alternating characters' points of view, but Meyer doesn't alternate just to present a different take on the events of the novel. Rather, the characters develop in relation to each other. I felt not only the conflicts in the character in dealing with the events that occur, but the conflicts between the characters- from differing sides. This really works to drive the novel on. It really engaged me. I found myself surprised that this is Meyer's first novel.
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