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Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen
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Oct 09, 2008

did not like it
bookshelves: read-in-2008

I picked this book because of the cover illustration, and because the back blurbs talked about how funny it was. Don't waste your time. I plowed through the whole thing, hoping the book would redeem itself at some point, but it remained firmly mired in mud. The main character was exceedingly tiring, with just about zilch personality. It seemed incredible that his wife would ever have put up with such a dullard, but then everyone in this novel turns out to be dull. Even Harvey, the psych patient who believes in a secret group that manipulates the weather, is dull as dull can be. The plot is Thomas Pynchon-esque. Unfortunately, Pynchon didn't write the book. Hard to imagine the writing could be this lackluster given the rich opportunities for humor inherent in a therapist -patient relationship that includes travel to Patagonia & Buenos Aires.

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