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Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
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Nov 02, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: kindle, novel, prose, book-club, library
Read in March, 2012

I didn't quite love this book. McCann is definitely a writer of great skill who pays careful attention to detail and is invested in the humanity of his characters. On the other hand, it feels like the literary equivalent of an "Oscar movie," where everything about it is calibrated to feel like an Important and Ambitious Literary Novel(TM). It's hard to bear the book any ill will, but I couldn't quite love it.

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Reading Progress

02/19/2012 page 35
10.0% "This is well-written but REALLY unpleasant so far. I'm sticking w/ it only because of book club."
02/23/2012 page 88
25.0% "This is turning out to have several loosely connected storylines, so it turns out I like some of them more than others."
02/24/2012 page 150
43.0% "OK, the 'Great Gatsby' homage that takes place partly at Max's Kansas City won me over. I'm only so strong."
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