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The Verificationist by Donald Antrim
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Jan 21, 2010

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I have a feeling this is the sort of book you'll either like or detest. Antrim has a peculiar tone. In all of his books, the humor/interest stems from a deadpan, pedantic, seemingly logical narrator being placed in a surreal, nonsensical environment. In this book, the narrator spends most of his time hallucinating that he is floating and flying around a pancake restaurant while his colleagues (college psychology professors) eat and chat below him. There are also flashbacks about awkward sex with his wife, bowel movements, and a relatively uneventful Revolutionary War battle (and its historical reenactment) that took place in the town. The book is often quite funny and unpredictable, though meandering and occasionally tedious.

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