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Hodd by Adam Thorpe
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May 29, 2009

really liked it
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Read from June 13 to 29, 2010

As difficult a novel as I've finished in a long time, but also a marvel of sustained and disciplined imagination (all the more impressive as the novel's central conceit -- that it read as a translated Latin text written in the hand of a monk several centuries before the novel, in the form that we know it, existed -- cannot but have been hostile to Thorpe's instincts as an artist). Too thorny a read to give it five stars, but much too ambitious and visionary to give it anything lower than four, whatever its unfriendliness to the reader.
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