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Plainsong by Kent Haruf
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May 18, 2008

liked it

I liked it and wanted to love it, but couldn't quite get there. What I liked:
The simplicity, nakedness, of the prose and storytelling. It was very like a plainsong.
The parallel of two young brothers and two old ones.
The different viewpoints that all combine to tell one story.

What I didn't like:
I'm not sure what the story had to say to me. There was no big turning point. It just came to an end, a bit abruptly, with Guthrie sort of blowing in the wind as far as what's going to happen. But maybe all that's the point. That life just sort of happened to these people; there was no big moments, just a lot of small ones strung together to form a life. And it was going to continue, whether it was written down or not.

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