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Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
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I'm veering between three and four stars here, because I'm still not sure what I think about this book. I mean, it's so rambling and picaresque, and there's really no plot to it...and yet, there's just something about it that makes me kinda like it. I mean, just the descriptions alone are beautiful, and Frazier's heartbreaking account of Removal and war are so full of truth and despair and humor. It made me laugh that every second character who came to southern Appalachia (and by the way, it's pronounced AppaLATCHia, as I was told about seventy millions times when I first went there for Grad School) thought it was about the remotest wilderness they'd ever seen. I guess even today it's sort of isolated, except for fact that half of Atlanta is building "mountain cabins" there in gated communities...ok, I'm trying not to rant here. Anyway, back to the book - I had to sort of make myself keep reading after about the halfway mark, but I'm glad I finished it. I really think that Frazier needs a better editor though.
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December 18, 2007 – Shelved
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January 1, 2008 – Finished Reading

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Jean Life often appears to have no plot, unless it is read backwards.I think you should have rounded off upward to ****

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