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Samedi the Deafness by Jesse Ball
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Feb 04, 08

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I started off really liking this book, and it had its moments the whole way through. In the end though there were too many moments when I either just wanted the book to get on with it, or felt like uninteresting diversions were distracting the story. This book didn't really live up to its potential. Ball's poeticism is undeniable, but the book gets bogged down in poeticizing certain seemingly minor plot elements.
For anyone who's read the book: I didn't give a damn about all the minutiae of the madhouse, and I wish there was more with the invisible pet owl. I also got pretty sick of the hero's back and forth on who he believes.
It's an ok book and a quick read, I recommend it if you're into experimental takes on genre fiction, but not if you're looking for either a good piece of literature or an entertaining genre work.
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