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Keeping Bedlam at Bay in the Prague Cafe by M. Henderson Ellis
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did not like it

What the hell was this?! As a disclaimer, I probably stumbled on this one through the wrong channel (a Prague reading list), but this book was such a disappointment. The bedlam was not kept at bay. A pretentious attempt to reflect Prague in the early 1990s through a lunatic's point of view. Maybe only nailing the weirdness of the Western culture's early influx into Eastern Europe.

Also, what makes an autor compose sentences like this:

"But before he would feel calibrated enough to return home (if such calibration is possible), one more pair of eyes would take interest in his physiogonomy."

"The old woman sat naked in an empty tub, skin flattened and dimpled like bread dough on the white enamel, her agonized, pendulous breasts swaying in the still air as if ticking her mortal time away."

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Reading Progress

January 23, 2017 – Shelved
January 23, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
February 6, 2017 – Started Reading
February 13, 2017 – Finished Reading

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