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Wildlife by Richard Ford
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Dec 23, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2010

Fantastic. Could be the simplest novel I've ever read. There's all of four characters, plus three extras who play extremely minor, one-scene roles. The emotion was really there on the page, while somehow never approaching melodrama. I really felt for the characters. At times, the mother was a bit of a mystery, or a cipher even, who just spouted cliches, but eventually you realize this is sort of just who she is. This isn't a character-driven novel in the sense that you really, really get to know these people, know their inner secrets, motivations, etc. etc., yet you do know them, they're fully developed, etc. The narrator is sixteen (or was when the events took place) but this is hardly Holden Caulfield type junk. All three main characters keep their emotions very, very close to their chests, which makes complete sense for a sixteen-year-old, but also makes the adults really interesting, seeing how they deal with a bad situation by acting like everything is fine. There's one futile attempt at real action, and Ford handles it wonderfully, blah blah blah blah blah this book was great. Really good.
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December 23, 2010 – Started Reading
December 23, 2010 – Shelved
December 27, 2010 – Shelved as: 2010
December 27, 2010 – Finished Reading

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