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Free Live Free by Gene Wolfe
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Dec 06, 2007

liked it
bookshelves: fantastic, literary, genre, religious, scientific
Recommended for: completists

I read online that the ending of this book was really bizarre, but I says to myself, I says, "Andy, you know how Wolfe rolls, you're down with him, you won't think it's that weird."

I was wrong.

The book is interesting in part because it's written about things I don't usually associate with Wolfe. The protagonists are fairly ordinary, desperate people starving their way through a Chicago winter. They live in the America of the eighties, but it feels a little bit more like the fifties, a place where novelty salesmen, washed-up private eyes, and whores smoke cigarettes and drink coffee like a million decrepit Bogarts. Plus there's magic. Maybe. And some really arresting images.

Of course it's well-written, but overall I would say it's a minor Wolfe work. Still, I don't regret it.

I'm not going to provide a sample quote, but I will paraphrase one of the books better puns:
"How is that door like Samson?"
"It's unlocked!"
Oh, Gene Wolfe.
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message 1: by Katie (new)

Katie Chicago+Gene Wolfe does sound appealing!

Martin I couldn't figure out how to describe the book, but you summed up the story and my reaction to it exactly.

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