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EVER by Blake Butler
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Feb 05, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: weird-stuff, small-pressy-or-obscurish

Ever seems like a sort of post-apocalyptic tale. Imagine if Cormac McCarthy's The Road was narrated by a female character who couldn't leave her house. It took me a bit to get used to Butler's gritty (and sometimes strained) abstractions but by the midway point of this novella it really takes off--thank goodness for the well-timed character development. I also liked that the prose is framed by hard brackets (not even given the softness of parentheses) throughout the book, further painting a picture of being trapped. This could be the quintessential book in the Calamari Press catalog.
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