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The Ask by Sam Lipsyte
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Jun 24, 11

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Read from June 23 to 24, 2011

Sam Lipsyte is a great prose stylist, but this book was about 100 pages too long. It only had enough plot for a short story, but was stretched into a novel. His writing style made about 200 pages highly readable and enjoyable, particularly due to the author's humor. But because of the book's minimal plot, an extra 100 was pushing it. It's a prime example of the stereotypes that genre fiction writers and readers have about literary fiction: a focus on style rather than plot and character development. Those things certainly developed, but at a very slow pace. I much preferred Lipsyte's last novel (Home Land) over this one.
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