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Watch Your Mouth by Daniel Handler
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Feb 04, 2010

liked it
bookshelves: 2010, experimental, family-drama, romance, adult, realistic
Read in February, 2010

I finished this a week ago. And then had a baby. So this isn't a stellar review, or probably even an accurate representation of my thoughts on it.

I really enjoy Handler's writing. I like the way he puts sentences together, and I like a lot of his ideas. I like that he arranged this novel as a verbal opera, into acts and scenes and intermissions. I like that it was, in part, a novel of Jewish folklore and the golem myth. But while I don't mind reading about sex (even particularly graphic sex), this novel really goes way too far into the sex, and it distracts from what ought to be the meat of the story. (Ugh. No pun intended. I can't think of the right word, though.)

So, I enjoyed this, but (a) it's not his best work, and is in fact the weakest of his adult novels, and (b) it's more about shock value than substance.

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