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Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
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it was amazing
bookshelves: recommended-by-a-friend, re-read-potential, list-best-books-read-in-2011, read-in-2011, challenge-1010-by-2020, dead-tree-book
Recommended for: Eudoxus

It's hard to describe this book, but it left me close to tears, not of sadness, more from a sort of fullness and wonder at life. In some ways a "coming of age" story, it manages to be so much more, largely because the focus on the main character is so loose. The depictions of dozens of people, the way the struggles they have in common yet hide away in the privacy of their rooms or thoughts, do not in any way feel disorganized. The book at once meanders and builds steadily to the end. The phrase "the sadness of sophistication" particularly struck me as beautiful. I have not read anything so moving in a long time.

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Reading Progress

January 6, 2011 – Shelved
January 19, 2011 – Shelved as: recommended-by-a-friend
February 5, 2011 – Started Reading
February 6, 2011 –
page 40
February 7, 2011 –
page 256
February 7, 2011 –
page 256
February 7, 2011 – Finished Reading
October 21, 2011 – Shelved as: re-read-potential
December 21, 2011 – Shelved as: list-best-books-read-in-2011
August 10, 2012 – Shelved as: read-in-2011
August 10, 2012 – Shelved as: challenge-1010-by-2020
July 4, 2013 – Shelved as: dead-tree-book

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