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Slumberland by Paul Beatty
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Aug 17, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: first-reads, my-library
Read in September, 2009 — I own a copy

This book is a great read from cover to cover, with quite a few tempo changes but no stops. The language flows like the music it discusses, incorporating images that are that music come to life. It will make you laugh out loud one minute then turn to serious introspection and philosophy the next. Beatty pulls no punches, so the language and images are frequently harsh and crass, but the end result is not something from which you turn away, but something you appreciate for its brutal honesty and self-recognition. It is a tale of a modern sort of hope that is struggling to survive the modern world and its pitfalls. After finishing, you may decide to travel half-way around the world to look for something you're not even sure exists, and Beatty's intricately interesting story will be to blame.

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