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The Ask by Sam Lipsyte
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Sam Lipsyte is a great prose stylist, but this book was about 100 pages too long. It only had enough plot for a short story, but was stretched into a novel. His writing style made about 200 pages highly readable and enjoyable, particularly due to the author's humor. But because of the book's minimal plot, an extra 100 was pushing it. It's a prime example of the stereotypes that genre fiction writers and readers have about literary fiction: a focus on style rather than plot and character development. Those things certainly developed, but at a very slow pace. I much preferred Lipsyte's last novel (Home Land) over this one.
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Reading Progress

January 21, 2010 – Shelved
June 23, 2011 – Started Reading
June 24, 2011 – Shelved as: from-library
June 24, 2011 – Finished Reading

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