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Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart
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For every stretch of Gary Shteyngart trying too hard, with unfunny JOKES! and the grotesque and/or one-dimensional creatures littering nearly every page... There were laugh out loud bits, and tender evocations and longings which actually (and directly) spoke to me: For New York... for squandered, lost chances and hoped for still love... for a something or someone considered "beloved"...

For every 'Too much (or What the hell??) is going on here', there was a balancing insight or satirical Touché!, which kept me plugging along to the end of the ride; in fact, made me return to Absurdistan, after giving up the journey twice.

In the end, I'm glad I saw it through. With the book at my back now and re-reading the plaudits, all the piled-on praise (ALMOST) starts to make sense.

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Reading Progress

April 24, 2018 – Started Reading
April 24, 2018 – Shelved
May 12, 2018 – Finished Reading

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