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One D.O.A., One on the Way by Mary Robison
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Jun 12, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: novels
Read from February 20 to June 11, 2010

Mary Robison's prose is as dense, sparse, and evocative as ever. You might call the snippets of text disjointed, or gripe about a lack of obvious plotline, but there's still a narrative to be followed.

The main character is certainly the sort who might reveal a lot of the facts of her life to you, but still keep you at arm's length. Indeed, Robison's prose seems to purposely keep me at a distance. I know a lot of people who would complain about that too, but it was a curious experience for me. It's almost as if I had a front-row seat in the theater of the main character's life, but with a splatter-shield in front of me.

And believe me, with everything she goes through, that's a good thing.

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02/20/2010 page 1
0.57% "Didn't know it was structured like WHY DID I EVER. Can't wait!"
04/06/2010 page 19
10.8% "One chapter down, 8 to go." 2 comments
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