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The Book of Salt by Monique Truong
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Jul 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: bookgroup, general-fiction

This book became magical for me. In the beginning, the feelings of disjointedness and alienation experienced by our narrator and made real by the style of the narration left me confused and disquieted. As his years of service with Madame and Madame continued, I felt the style becoming less contrived and I was more able to identify with him. I didn't know much about Gertrude Stein really (she's the one with the fish and the bicycle, right?) but this rang true for me in its description of her life and her home. I really liked Alice and I hope she really was like that in life. By far, my favorite bits were the many eloquent and elaborate descriptions of food preparation. I loved the ending.

I felt really lucky for the life that I live while reading this book. Imagine being the only person around who speaks your language. I also felt sad a lot of the time. The poverty, hopelessness, and helplessness was just terrible to witness. Especially when reading about the kids. I also felt disturbed by the scenes regarding homosexuality and the reactions of many of the characters.
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Beth I *love* this book - you are in for a treat!

Joanna Great! My book group just picked it.

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