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The Bird Artist by Howard Norman
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Dec 01, 07

bookshelves: murderers-row
Read in December, 2007

I'm not sure how i feel about this book overall. I read it quickly, and usually that's a sign that i liked it. Then again, i had so many boring hours of sitting in airports, on airplanes, and in Red Cross waiting rooms that i might've been able to finish a much longer book in the same time.

It was (sort of) recommended to me by my mother while visiting her in Florida. From the very first, i wondered what was going on with the narrative voice. I think Fabian Vas is just an extremely detached character and/or story-teller. And i couldn't quite fathom Margaret Handle's personality either: is she psychotic/sociopathic? "just" a drunk? "just" a harlot? a shrew? a feminist (woman willing to be herself and speak her mind) way before it was possible to be one?

I've settled on 3 stars ("i liked it") because...i liked it and i'm still thinking about it and i'll probably talk with people about it.
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