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The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal
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Nov 04, 2007

really liked it
Read in October, 2007

let's see, what i learned from this book? um, fifth grade called, it wants its prompt back. more like, i wish i'd known about this novel in the fifth grade. and having grown up in LA, wow, i think the novel would have left quite an imprint. i mean, ultimately, the point of the story isn't to sell real estate in LA, but i'm just saying, the fact that a small chunk of the "action" occurs there would have brought it closer to home and possibly made it more believable (when i was twelve). ok, so here's the gist of the story: boy meets boy, boys fool around at a cabin by the river, one boy goes to sea, other boy finishes high school and subsequently sets off on his own odyssey to reunite with boy #1.
Loved Gore Vidal's writing style; classy, simple and clean. I often found he could reduce a complex feeling to a sentence or two without butchering it. seriously, no joke, there were a couple moments where i was like, "oh no, he can read my mind. and he has access to a time machine which he used to publish this novel nearly forty years before my birth."
so read it.

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