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Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
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Aug 19, 2011

really liked it
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Read from August 19 to 31, 2011

How to even start to review this book? The characters are the gravity that pulls this story together, that gives it the roots it needs to take you on an incredible, unbelievable, fantastical and moving journey. The setting especially becomes its own character with the author deftly using the breadth of her vocabulary. At times Russell's colorful writing leaves you lost and you flounder to find a footing to pull you back up, but that is the beauty of the swamp I think. Oftentimes it is utterly fascinating to read about a life and people that you've no experience with, which can only help your understanding of the world we live in and all aspects of it. What this story really deals with though is grief and how each character deals with the repercussions of having the center of their life taken away. I'm definitely glad to have read this book and would recommend it heartily to anyone who likes strong characters, vibrant settings, and a liking for oddness.

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