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Little Children by Tom Perrotta
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bookshelves: contemporary, japan_jul07-aug11
Read from April 20 to 23, 2010

Good but not as good as expected--

I liked his Joe College better. In this book, Perrotta plays with so many perspectives (seven to be exact) that each switch in POV becomes jarring and annoying. He does use the good old cliffhanger technique to keep you reading, but I didn't feel the spurt to read till toward the end. With Joe College, I zoomed through the second half, but here, it was only the last 100 pages. Before that, I didn't feel compelled to keep turning the pages all that much.

Story-wise, it's a lot more complicated and profound than Joe College and eerily reminded me of Toole's masterpiece, A Confederacy of Dunces. One of the things Perrotta pulls off masterfully is nothing short of Nabokovian in that he makes you sympathize with a child molester/murderer, Ronnie McGorvey (who was a transmogrification of Ignatius J. Reilly). All the characters, I thought, were remarkably portrayed in their quirks and individuality.

Overall,an entertaining story.
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