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Submarine by Joe Dunthorne
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Jun 01, 2012

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Read from June 14 to 15, 2012

this book is really an excellent way to spend one's afternoon/night/12 am/breakfast & morning. very entertaining, very humorous in my favorite dry kind of way, oddly affecting sometimes (though not as a whole very affecting, i suppose--the film does a better job at that--but sometimes being affecting isn't integral to being good; i don't know). obviously i bought this because i saw the film, which was excellent, although its existence did have the unfortunate side effect of placing its now a major motion picture cover on probably every copy in the US and certainly on the only copy in my local bookstore, which is a shame, since the original cover seems really cool. i'm a sucker for great cover designs.
the film adaptation was really a great adaptation. it's nice when rare things like good film adaptations happen.
oliver tate is one of my favorite characters i've read recently. he's strange in a very fictional way but also somehow in a very realistic way? i don't know how to phrase it, but somehow he comes off as a full, fleshed-out character, probably because he's not just your witty quirky young adult novel protagonist type but he's also, as i said, strange. flawed. it's nice.

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