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Blood Kin by Ceridwen Dovey
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Jul 03, 2009

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bookshelves: literature, magical-realism, adult

The writing was gorgeous, which was the only thing that saved this book. Otherwise, it was an overwrought novel that tried to do exactly what J.M. Coetzee accomplished to much greater effect in Waiting for the Barbarians.

Some things that were great:

-descriptions of everyday acts.
-lots of creepiness.

Some things that sucked:

-no names or places to keep it in that irritating "this could happen to YOU OMG!" setting.
-the Portraitist's wife's utter lack of humanity. I mean, cruel would have been okay. This woman was inhuman.

Could have been great. Was mediocre.

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