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Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya
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Oct 15, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: novel, male, el-salvador, and-a-half-stars, year-2000s
Read from March 06 to 07, 2010

Kind of like a cross between the horror of Camus and the repetitive triviality of Thomas Bernhard (but achieves the greatness of neither writers). The narrator is both unlikeable and unlikely. The former doesn't bother me but the latter does a little. The exaggerated paranoia of the narrator was at times too much and did not work for me. The humor was there but also didn't completely work. I liked how the political material came through the narrator, though, but like another reviewer on Goodreads, I also think that it would be nice if the narrator was somehow changed. Or that he was at least believable in the beginning, instead of starting out already a caricature. The premise had so much potential and Moya is clearly a skilled writer, but it seems he hasn't really found his unique voice yet in this book.
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message 1: by M (new) - rated it 4 stars

M T You do not understand what we went through during these 10 years of death squads and military torture.

Jimmy OK... perhaps I don't.

But I wasn't judging this book on that. I was judging it on the quality of the writing. Don't go all political on my ass.

message 3: by M (new) - rated it 4 stars

M T Thanks you

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