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The World Made Straight by Ron Rash
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Feb 24, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010-new-reads
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Nancy

I liked the writing here a lot, although I will confess that it incorporates aspects of one of my Not Favorite plots, the non-traditional education. I'm not really sure why I dislike it so much, it always makes me think "oh boo hoo, the 'system' totally under-appreciated you and now you have to go be some maverick unconventional teacher." I find Dead Poet's Society creepy, for example.

HOWEVER, most of the rest of it was fine and dandy, I'm always a sucker for a good Appalachia book, and it also had a solid Civil War backstory, and small-time drug dealers. And the slimiest, most truly evil, of them was a terrific character, so impressive.

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Nancy I'm glad overall it worked for you. I'll keep in mind your non-traditional education dislike for future recommends.

Wasn't Carlton Toomey just the neatest character? Rash's Serena has a similarly compelling villain, if you wanted to spend more time with his writing. And also some kind of pioneer-ish remedy stuff. Which, did you like the doctor journals in this one? I love those interludes.

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