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Prague by Arthur Phillips
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Dec 09, 09

upper-middle-class american twentysomethings come of age obnoxiously in budapest directly after the fall of communism. as a hungarian, i am left with a slightly unpleasant taste in my mouth despite phillips' "i'm joking/i'm not joking/but really, i swear, i'm joking/okay, now start digging for my actual meaning" business up in this book and the two years he spent in budapest that clearly qualify him to talk trash/not talk trash/really, it's talking trash/but no seriously, he's making insightful points. as a reader with a very limited tolerance of coming-of-age books, i am once more bristling. i regret not doing my homework on this book before reading it; foolishly, i thought it would be about prague. anyway, it had some nice descriptions and some nice turns of phrase and also one line (just one, though) that made me laugh out loud.
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