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Great House by Nicole Krauss
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Mar 05, 2012

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At the center of this novel's story is a desk: an old, well-made, heavy, solid desk around which various characters and the plot revolves. The desk might as well be a metaphor for the novel. I think Nicole Krauss's novel is beautifully constructed but she has imbued with a certain "heaviness" which made it difficult for me to really like it (not nearly as good as her The History of Love, which I absolutely love). The most annoying thing for me was her characters; pretty much all of them come across as self-centered, self-absorbed, narcissists with few likable traits. The plot does not flow and the whole comes across as being a bit too clever. On the plus side, the writing itself is excellent. I think this is the kind of book that other writers--who can better appreciate the technical aspects/strengths of the writing--like more than lay readers such as myself.
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