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Der Besuch des Leibarztes by Per Olov Enquist
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Dec 30, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, postmodernism, 2010

4.5 stars

I'd had this lying around for many a year until I finally decided to tackle it. I didn't think much of it; the description sounded only vaguely interesting, the cover and title didn't do much for me either.

Little did I know I'd find something so utterly captivating and postmodern here. I should have reviewed it earlier than two weeks after I've finished it so that I could have recounted what makes it so postmodern (aside from the disjointed narrative); alas, I think I shall have to read the book again to remedy this.

I think the only thing I found missing to give it five stars was a bigger concern with King Christian VII.'s madness later on in the book (beautiful beginning) and the continuous use of "!!!" or "???", which I HATE HATE HATE. It takes away believability for me, for some reason. If the author had chosen just single symbols, that would have done a lot to save me from narrowing my eyes again and again, heh.

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Reading Progress

December 30, 2009 – Shelved
July 21, 2010 – Started Reading
July 21, 2010 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
July 22, 2010 –
page 191
July 22, 2010 –
page 236
July 23, 2010 – Shelved as: postmodernism
July 23, 2010 –
page 324
July 24, 2010 – Shelved as: 2010
July 24, 2010 – Finished Reading

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