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The Volcano Lover by Susan Sontag
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it was ok

I wasn't able to finish this. It wasn't that she's bad at this -- her prose flows nicely, and the flourishes and characters move in three dimensions -- but man, is she in love with her own ability to string phrases and words together.

The remembrance-as-recollection plot device only works if you're crystal clear about how many layers deep into the onion of memory you've currently burrowed. That was a problem in this book, and while it might be forgivable for those who read scholarly texts and have more of a Pompeii fetish than I do, well, I don't.

I like Sontag as a thinker, and I think she deserves her place in the pantheon of 20th century philosophical thinkers. And it's highly possible that she's created works of fiction that might be less self absorbed and circular than this one. If such an animal exists, let me know, as I'd love to read it.
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March 22, 2010 – Shelved

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