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Herrer by Warwick Collins
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Nov 12, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: novel, third-person, read-physical-book, fiction, short
Read from November 17 to 19, 2011

I didn't like this book.

I read a Norwegian translation and I thought the language pretty tepid. It switches from objective to subjective third person sometimes, seemingly by a mistake. The protagonist is like a vapid ghost drifting through the story. The other two main characters also seem pretty empty. Maybe if it was longer...? It was a fast read though, and I got it for free.

The main source of conflict are gays and them doing horrible, unchristian things in the public bathroom where most of the story takes place. It starts out from a place of unconvincing naïveté and ends up settling for mild-mannered acceptance (never mind that it's ambiguous whether this acceptance is genuine or fiscally motivated). In the periphery there's also some cliché about the dreaded Gay Son who wants to be a hairdresser instead of a soccer player. Yes.
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