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Finn by Jon Clinch
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Jun 04, 2012

really liked it

This book is a debut novel and yet it’s as brave and confident and knowing as anything I’ve read (which admittedly isn’t a ton, so calm down). It’s been a few years since I read Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer, and initially I had a notion to read them again in preface, but then thought better of it as I feared I may just set Clinch’s book up to fall short. Now I’m not so sure it would have mattered. Finn is just damn damn good. That’s two damn’s, I know it. It's a poetic narrative cut with usually brusque and illocutionary dialogue stirring a perfectly dark story that raises and revives characters classic and new. Be sure to read the author’s note at the end as well, you’ll appreciate the care with which what you now hold was crafted. Hey, this Clinch guy can write.

I suppose some McCarthy hounds may bark and some Twain buffs may bitch, but any and all who are otherwise receptive, just read it, like it or don’t, then shhhhh…
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