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The Inside Passage by Leftare Delis
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Apr 21, 10

bookshelves: alaska, fiction, librarybook, romance, gave-up-on, friendship, history
Read from April 17 to 20, 2010

This is a found manuscript, written during WWII in Wrangell. The sense of place is strong and vivid, but the author was not a writer, let alone a novelist. The writing is strongly uneven, although often very competent and descriptive. But characterization is purely expository, there is no difference in tone between characters and so it's impossible to distinguish them other than by name and the history introduced for each. A third of the way into the book and I had neither interest in nor memory of a character's role, and without frequent visual cues from their names on the page, would get lost in the slow development of the plot as it sank beneath the endless drinking.

As an historically-informed style of writing this is certainly an interesting document. As a novel, it simply didn't provide any motivation to continue reading.

Suitable only for then-and-there fans.
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