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The Cannibal by John Hawkes
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Apr 05, 09

Read in April, 2009

It's not as good as 'The Lime Twig', still my favorite of the Hawkes I've read; in the same general vein as 'The Beetle Leg' but not as realized IMHO. All three of them make sense as his first three novels, compared to a book like 'The Blood Oranges', where he's left the surreal nightmare-scapes behind. Incredibly impressive for a 22 year old in the late 1940s. He is a difficult writer, it is disjointed in narrative and minimal in plot, and yet I am drawn to his work, in a way that I can't explain.
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