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The Volcano Lover by Susan Sontag
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Nov 23, 2008

it was ok
Read in December, 2008

I first discovered Sontag when I read her essay on "Camp" (and for those of you who have read the essay, the quotations are a necessity). I loved her sex in wit, and so I thought I might read one of her novels...I'm a theatre boy; I'm a sucker for a good story. Wit and empathy for elation (and sorrow) are not enough to build a novel. I'm not saying she's not a good writer - I'm saying she's a great writer, but fabricating characters and giving them a blood type that wants to be drunk by a reader is different than being painfully observant and eloquent about real life.

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