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All the Living by C.E. Morgan
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Apr 04, 10

Read from March 22 to April 04, 2010

First of all, a gripe.
I confess my aversion to books who condescendingly offer ridiculous titles like this one...All the Living: A Novel
Do we really need these qualifiers? Henceforth:
Barack Obama: A President
Tuna-Noodle Casserole: A Food
So there. I do feel a bit better.
On to my review, which is leaner than my complaint.
All the Living (A Novel) is a well-written book that tells a simple story. It fits neatly into the Gap Creek/Plainsong genre which deals in the strife and sorrows of our country brethren who live beneath the Mason-Dixon Line. C.E. Morgan writes authoritatively; I would assume she grew up on a farm. She devised a number of memorable scenes and characters. My only admonishment is for her over-usage of random and rare adjectives...they are very distracting, especially for wordistas who give pause to the unfamiliar. I don't expect to consult my dictionary while reading dialogue from characters who speak like Jethro Bodine. Like the title, it's unneccessary.
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message 1: by Kirsta (new)

Kirsta Yes! I hate that! I see that - it's a novel. If I couldn't figure that out, there's a chance I wouldn't be the sort to actually be reading said novel!


Lorileinart Thank YOU!It drives me nuts.


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