Jeremy's Reviews > Two Girls, Fat and Thin
Two Girls, Fat and Thin
Sep 26, 2007
Recommended for: ayn rand fans AND haters, shrinks, and survivors of child abuse
In the first 3 pages of this book, i was ready to put it down. I found the prose self-consciously disinterested, the metaphors forced, and the characters unlikable. However, I had promised a good friend I would read it so I kept on. About page 20 the book got into a great rhythm. The narrators dual voice co-alesced as the main characters took shape. When the narrative began to sweep backward, through the childhoods of the "two girls", the book became one of those rare windows into the strange emotional formulas that usher us from shattered innocense to adulthood. Wow, sorry for the mixed metaphors but you get the picture. There is also a very funny and painfully believable send up of Ayn Rand and her appeal. This book reminded me of Cruddy, Atonement and Autobiography of a Face in the sheer honesty of its take on the strangeness, wonder, and isolation of being a kid.
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January 1, 2007 – Finished Reading
September 26, 2007 – Shelved