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One Mississippi by Mark Childress
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Jul 21, 2011

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bookshelves: southern-lit, contemporary-fiction
Read in August, 2011

well, i didn't stop reading; although, i quietly wished, several times, that i could somehow get through it faster. the writing wasn't bad, and it did read quickly. i just never felt "drawn in" by the story. the head-stumper, for me, involves a quote from stephen king printed on the front cover of my paperback copy; "the funniest book i've read in years." did i miss something?

yes, there were funny moments, but i read those scenes as comic relief to an otherwise dark, moody, and disturbing narrative particularly because the novel's comedy stems primarily from an imbalanced mind that tends to see everything as funny. even death. even murder. perhaps tim cousins and stephen king share this character trait? have never read anything from king, so i will refrain from commentary on this point; however, i emphatically do NOT consider cold, calculated murder funny. beyond that i will add that massacre in the halls of a small-town, mississippi high school hits far too close to home.

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