Irene's Reviews > Close Range
Dec 21, 2018
Read 2 times. Last read December 20, 2018.
What am I to make of this collection of stories of people enduring a harsh, unforgiving landscape, hopeless lives with bleak futures, banally cruel family relationships, and little, very little spark of insight or growth? The spare writing with its staccato rhythms added to the sense of despair, the feel that the stories were pounding away at me much as life was pounding away at the characters. There are outstanding turns of phrase in these stories; the writing is technically superb. But reading it left me depressed and exhausted. I felt as if I was in one of Dante’s upper levels of Hell, with no hope of ever seeing Paradise. 4 stars for the writing and 2 stars for the
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December 20, 2018 – Finished Reading
December 21, 2018 – Shelved