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The Maytrees by Annie Dillard
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Mar 31, 08

Recommended for: Dillard lovers.
Read in March, 2008

Good and strange. I felt a bit cheated by Annie. The book is strangely 'ungrounded' - snippets and particles of tangible story throughout, but somehow lacking any GLUE, anything to make my heart move. I can't critique the content or the language - as usual her language is almost separate FROM her writing - it is as though she uses words and language in and of themselves and doesn't always concern herself with where it leads or what they do.
The analogy that keeps coming to my mind is a brilliant film that someone is fastforwarding - they stop at a poignant scene and press "play" - you watch - and you can see that the actors are acting brilliantly, the moment is rich, the dialogue eloquent and honest - and then the bastard presses fastforward again - and you go to another scene.
I worship Annie as a writer and a wordsmith. And I felt cheated by Maytrees as a whole.
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