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Bullet Park by John Cheever
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Oct 06, 2011

it was amazing
Read from October 06 to December 22, 2011

This is a fascinating book about two seemingly dissimilar men with the interesting names of Mr. Nailes and Mr. Hammer. Set in the 1960s, a train ride away from New York City, it's about one man deciding to make life more interesting by killing the teenage son of his suburban neighbor. As usual with John Cheever, the writer notices and comments so brilliantly on the absurdities of modern life and the peculiarities of the human condition that you find yourself admiring his power as a writer and simply shaking your head with awe and wonder. I decided about halfway through that I was reading a John Cheever version of the famous Kevin Spacey film "American Beauty," as it possesses that kind of brilliance along with a disturbing quirkiness. I won't ruin the ending, but I wasn't able to put this book down once I approached the climatic final scenes, you just have the feeling that anyhting could happen and you are not disappointed.
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