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A Fairly Good Time by Mavis Gallant
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it was amazing
bookshelves: bnbrbs, uk

This is the best-written book I've read this year. Not my favorite book, but the book where every sentence was so alarmingly perfect that I needed to stop and give a little gasp and read it again, and maybe once more after that. Sometimes writers who write this exquisitely at the sentence-level are called 'writers' writers' but that's not what I'm talking about. This isn't beautiful sentence-level prose for its own sake. It's not over polished gem-like writing. It's perfect writing. The sentences are not only beautiful in their shape and vocabulary choice but they convey great meaning in each condensed space from the first Capital Letter to the Period at the end. They tell the story. They reveal the character. They move the story forward. And they delight. All at once. I would say it is timeless writing, too, in that it's so uniquely hers and nobody else writes like this. It's short. I hope you find time for it soon.
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Reading Progress

October 17, 2018 – Shelved
October 17, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
October 17, 2018 – Shelved as: bnbrbs
October 18, 2018 – Started Reading
October 29, 2018 –
page 16
4.0% "To think that when you were on the way I believed you were a tumor! But you were you--oh, very much so.

Your affectionate

November 17, 2018 – Shelved as: uk
November 17, 2018 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Lee (new) - rated it 4 stars

Lee Wonderful and perceptive review.

message 2: by Doug (new) - added it

Doug Ok, you both convinced me to add it to my already overflowing TBR pile! :-)

message 3: by Lee (new) - rated it 4 stars

Lee Excellent!

Lark Benobi Lee wrote: "Excellent!"

so I'm torn between pressing forward to also read Green Water, Green Sky, or saving it up for later...

message 5: by Lee (new) - rated it 4 stars

Lee I’d save it. There’s only so much Gallant to go around!

message 6: by Maddie (new)

Maddie C. You see, this is why I don't understand how some readers consider language/the writing itself to be secondary over plot/characters/etc. Well-written books leave me in awe and also jealous of some writer's ability to write... what they do with words is truly awe-inspiring. And now I want to read this :-) Thank you for your review!

message 7: by carissa (new) - added it

carissa wow...i'm on it.

Lark Benobi Me too, Maddie. I get bored and restless reading books where the prose is pretty for its own needs to be in service of the story. I hope you love this one as much as I did when you get around to it.

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