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All He Ever Wanted by Anita Shreve
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Jun 01, 2008

really liked it
Read in June, 2008

Wow. she did a great job making the protagonist a real person, someone whose obsessive desire to own HIS wife gave me claustrophobia just to read it.

Also a nice satire on academia, mixed in. I found parts of it so sad...and totally agree with the person who said this book was like watching a caged bird from the perspective of the hungry cat.

the style captured the time period (a century or more ago) and really seemed to have been written by the pompous prig that was the protagonist...let's be alliterative here: pompous, protagonist, prick. But I digress.

This would be a good book club selection, sure to evoke lots of talk about whether it is possible to have freedom and still be married, that sort of thing.

Still thinking about the issues of anti-Semitism and plagiarism...I think I sort of dismissed it at first when I had finished it, but I keep thinking about the characters and the story, so clearly it was damn good. I just added a 4th star...
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