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The Little Sleep by Paul Tremblay
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May 24, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery

Tremblay begins his book The Little Sleep with two epigraphs: one from Raymond Chandler and another from the Pixies. Both are apropos. The detective narrative as a genre has been played with so often (think Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn) and Tremblay makes a strong contribution with Mark Genevich—a Southie PI with one fairly sizable challenge: narcolepsy. Not only does he fall asleep, but at times enters a hypnagogic episode wherein he seems to function but is actually participating with hallucinations. Far from making light of this disability, Tremblay investigates this neurological disorder (“Sleep is heavy. It has mass. Sleep is a singularity”) with a deft touch, illuminating its implicit absurdity, dolor, and black humor.

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