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Sweetwater by Roxana Robinson
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Jan 29, 10

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Read from January 27 to 28, 2010

Anyone who follows my reviews knows that I read a fair number of (what would be considered) depressing books. When I finished Sweetwater, I began to think about what redeemed those books that failed to redeem this one. Because I found Sweetwater depressing in a way that I didn't find many of those other books. I realized that a book is most depressing when you walk away from it with nothing but the despair of the story. When you can walk away from it with a memory of the beauty of the language or with a new understanding of human beings and the world, it can be sad but not bleak. I found Sweetwater bleak because I didn't walk away with any of those things.
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