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The Knife Thrower and Other Stories by Steven Millhauser
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Jun 29, 2007

it was amazing

I particularly love Millhauser's work with the plural, communal narrator here -- I don't think I've ever seen it done with such skill, and the result is often creepy and insidious in the way that groupthink really is. Title story is amazing, and I feel like I can actually see the unbelievable worlds he created in Dream of the Consortium and Paradise Park. The stories are also fascinating for their approach to form and structure -- they frequently don't follow a traditional narrative built on character, but simply build and build -- ascend in the fantastical -- until some kind of logical breaking point.
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