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The Land of Green Plums by Herta Müller
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Feb 21, 2010

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bookshelves: haunting, euro, historical-fiction
Read in February, 2010

This book was a painful read, very slow and belabored. If it hadn't won a Nobel Prize for literature I wouldn't have ever known how good it is; like the niacin pills that hurt my scalp and fingertips at bedtime every night, that I'd never eat but for my doctor saying they'd lower my cholesterol. The symbolism in The Land of Green Plums is spelled out and repeated, the book isn't too long and the print certainly isn't too small, there aren't a lot of difficult words, but what's difficult is the subject matter and getting past the murky way it's presented. In the beginning I was super irritated at how little I was able to understand, but then I got that living under a terrorist regime is conducive to misinformation, paranoia, and insanity. I'm glad I read this, the style really grew on me and the characters still haunt my thoughts a week or two after finishing the book.

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