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The Way Through Doors by Jesse Ball
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Critics described The Way Through Doors as experimental fiction at its very finest. Loath to pigeonhole the novel, some nonetheless compared aspects of it to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Paul Auster's New York trilogy, and novels by Franz Kafka and Kazuo Ishiguro. Certainly, the work is disorienting as it plays with time, geography, and character -- from a Russian empress to princes to bureaucrats to a "guest artist" who reads minds. At times, the novel is perhaps too whimsical for mainstream tastes. But that reviewers were not bothered that they couldn't summarize the plot (and that they did not criticize the author's self-conscious construct) testifies to this novel's power. "Ball is a talented new writer whom we ought to watch," concludes the San Francisco Chronicle. "There is no other explanation."

This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.

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