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No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
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Jul 18, 2007

did not like it
Recommended for: sorry, nobody...
Read in July, 2007

I hate to say this, but I really did not enjoy the experience of reading past the first two stories or so. After a while I just couldn't figure out the appeal of a book that is packed cover to cover with disingenuous, childlike, wide-eyed, self-destructive women who are really just ciphers that things happen to... Okay, I take that back, of course that’s appealing to people, have I never watched porn or "Charmed"? But all the narrators would say things like, “After my boyfriend was incredibly mean to me, I lay there and decided to become a dog robot. My life will improve once I am a dog robot. I wonder whether they make steel bones for dog robots.” Funny the first time, because you know no one ever actually “decides” or “thinks” that and it's just an amusing function of the authorial voice, but incredibly grating the forty-seven-thousandth time because by then you realize you're on page 200 and no one in this book has “decided” or “thought” anything at all. And in that way, no one in the book is anything like a real person: Instead, the characters here are all a bundle of quirks and damages that we’re supposed to find adorable and funny. (The author photo, in which July seems to be trying to make herself look like a startled doll, maybe should have tipped me off...)
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message 1: by Amy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:39AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Amy Fine, then give me my copy back!

No, I know what you mean. Too many of the stories just do the same kind of thing. And there were only a few where I felt really transported the way you want to in fiction, where I stopped thinking "Gosh Miranda July is clever and funny" and just got into the story. Still, I admit to being so enamored of July's vision of the world that I have a high tolerance for it.

message 2: by Max (new) - rated it 5 stars

Max I think her book dealt with real life people that was almost too real for people to handle honestly.

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

Tim I rate this higher but I felt a big let down after the first two stories as well. I almost gave up on the book but I found a couple more I liked near the end. If the book had some of the stories removed, it would be better. Albeit very short in the end.

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