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Ablutions by Patrick deWitt
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This is the second DeWitt novel I have read and I hereby proclaim him The King of Voice.

This story, if it could even be called that, is told in the second person through the eyes of an alcoholic bartender. It is a black comedy, about as black as they get. The characters, including our narrator, are universally awful: they lie, they cheat, they back-stab each other, their lives are so sordid. It shouldn't be funny. But it's actually hilarious, in a deadpan broken-hearted way.

DeWitt does some of the best physical character descriptions I have ever read. I will leave you with this one: 'His tongue falls from his mouth like a tentacle, his gums like dirty purple curtains.'
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Reading Progress

November 11, 2012 – Shelved
Started Reading
March 10, 2013 – Finished Reading

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