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Disquiet by Julia Leigh
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Dec 06, 2008

really liked it
Read in November, 2008

The word "disquiet" is defined as: "1. lack of calm, peace, or ease; anxiety; uneasiness." And I can't think of a better title for this haunting book. The novella is tiny, a pamphlet-ish work that can be read in around an hour-and-a-half. But the strange and uneasy feeling you get from the book lasts much longer. It's not horror by any means, but it feels constantly strange and mysterious. You are invited to spend some time with a family "in extremis", and the short time you spend with them is, well, disquieting. It has all the hallmarks of a gothic haunted house piece, yet there are no ghosts or creatures hiding around the corner, and it takes place in the days of cell phones. The book is strangely beautiful, and filled with characters that seem both alien and interestingly relatable at the same time. I loved it... and I'm incredibly grateful not to be a part of that family.
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