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The River Why, Twentieth-Anniversary Edition by David James Duncan
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Apr 03, 10

Read in April, 2010

Not at all up to books to which it was compared on the cover: A River Runs Through It, Zen and the Art of Motorcycles Maintenance, and Catch-22. The bits on the love interest and the search for spiritual guidance read like a sloppy 9th grade free write assignment. That being said, the character studies are quite well written, especially anecdotes involving Ma and H2O (his parents). Any time Bill Bob, the protagonist's kid brother, made an appearance, it was worth reading. In fact, the humor and wisdom in these particular segments of the novel reminded me very much of one of my all-time favorite books/literary characters: Owen Meany. Overall, a decent -- but not great -- read.
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