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The Happiest Toddler on the Block by Harvey Karp
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A difficult read, but its very disjointedness accumulates through the chapters to ramify into a very real hallucinatory power. Characters flit through, ghostlike, evanescent, there and gone, so transitory that mere recurrence strikes one like a thunderbolt -- for example, the brothers Aidan and Nate, the source of whose tantrums is never fully anatomized but whose too-brief anguishes ignite the page like black fire. The repetitious, misspelled incantations of thwarted desire sometimes recall Faulkner's Benjy, sometimes Keyes' Charly, sometimes (perhaps most poignantly) McCarthy's nameless Kid; and the image of prehistoric man, slope-browed, iron-thewed, and parched for blood, painting buffalo on the walls of the caves of our children's hearts, will haunt even the most stoic reader long after the last page rustles shut.
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November 25, 2012 – Started Reading
November 25, 2012 – Shelved
November 27, 2012 – Finished Reading

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Sarah Hickman I think this review is attached to the wrong book - Happiest Toddler on the Block is odd at times, but "real hallucinatory power" is a stretch :)


Morgan Schulman Thanks I needed that


Kelly I am speechless.


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