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By Jessalin on 06-13-17
Vicious, Moving, and Artful
What did you love best about The Chronology of Water?
Yuknavitch writes gorgeous sentences. I often found myself rewinding just to listen to the way she makes "a sentence hum" to paraphrase her own description of her writing.
What did you like best about this story?
Her life is shocking and sometimes difficult to stomach, but her nonlinear account of these events makes the narrative easier to read.
What three words best describe Christina Delaine’s performance?
Though there is no doubt in my mind that Delaine is a talented performer, her reading of this book sometimes overshadowed the writing. Her vocal patterns are artistic, certainly, but can be repetitive or overly theatrical. She has the tendency to go from very quiet to ear-piercingly loud, so I often had to keep my hand on the volume control.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Halfway through the book, I started to become disenchanted with the constant rage and self-destruction she depicts and re-enacts through language. Then there was a turning point near the end that put the rest in perspective.
Any additional comments?
Though this was an incredible book, I almost wish I had read it traditionally rather than listening to an audiobook. It's not that Delaine's performance ruined the book, rather I would have liked to take the book at my own pace with more neutral inflections.
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