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Mystery in Spiderville by John Hartley Williams
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Mar 15, 2012

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Well, this is a strange book and make no mistake! There might be a crime, there might be a character called Spider who might be an actual spider who might be encountered under a variety of guises, and there might be a thread of logic pulling the book together (although I couldn't find it). In terms of surrealistic prose the book is intriguing, compelling, and occasionally brilliant. However, as much as I enjoy surrealism, I also enjoy having an anchor in reality to put it in context. This book is more of a collection of very short prose pieces which may - or may not - be linked together, rather than a novel. In fact, the chapters could be read in isolation, or put in a different order, or read at random and it would have no effect on the overall gestalt or meaning of the novel. A short, weird, read that I recommend with reservations.
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