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Quotidiana by Patrick Madden
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May 21, 14

did not like it
bookshelves: never-finished

I wanted to like these essays by a BYU writing professor, but I found them patronizing and shallow. I think it would have been better without the quotes from other writers and "interesting facts!" I wholeheartedly agree that contemplation of daily "quotidian" life is worthwhile, but I was expecting something like a true-to-life Munro story or an extended contemplation on a subject, and instead got a mashup of blog posts and wikipedia entries. Glimmers of genuine emotion and self-discovery were obstructed by annoying self-awareness of form and coincidental "connections." I stopped when Madden started an essay by explaining the allusion he made in the title. If an allusion can't stand on its own, maybe it shouldn't be made? Why make an allusion and then assume your readers won't understand it?

I felt really disappointed with these essays, especially considering that I paid $25 for them. I only got halfway through before I realized I was trying to make myself finish them.

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09/23/2013 marked as: read
05/21/2014 marked as: never-finished

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