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Forgetfulness by Ward Just
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Jan 16, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in January, 2009

I enjoy this author's style -- atmospheric and elegant, uncluttered by things like adverbs and quotation marks. An excerpt, describing how one character reads a newspaper:
Facts anchored the world. He had never seen a basketball game in his life, but always consulted the standings of the NBA, the won-lost column, the percentages, and the games-behind, and only then returned to page one and the unstable milieu of reporters' narratives where he had to guess at the life behind the news. What he saw often was the world of his youth, the vast expanse of the Midwest, proper names and place names inspiring buried memories, the strange mnemonics of interior cities: Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis. He thought of these reports as light from distant campfires.

C'mon... unstable milieu of reporters' narratives and the strange mnemonics of interior cities... how can you not love that?

Don't expect a dramatic plot twist or violent climax, just savor the prose.
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