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Writing novels too easily? Try this parameter…
Write it all in anapestic tetrameter
“’twas the night before Christmas” in rhythm and rhyme,
But thoughtful and searing. Disturbing. Sublime.
And how like this author, this thoughtful word dancer
Who as he wrote fought his last battle with cancer,
To write resolutely with head in the noose,
And bolster himself with the rhyme scheme of Seuss.
If you read this book (and you must) be beguiled!
Tales worthy of Dickens, wit wondrously Wilde.
Some Thurber and Twain, (sorry… now I digress...
This novel inspires literary largesse.)
His instinct with rhyme is inherently true.
Not at all like a limerick - more like haiku.
His word choices fit like a key in a lock,
The drawings of Escher, the great fugues of Bach.
At once ominous, funny, then caustic, then sweeter.
The achingly personal couched in a meter
That makes it so eloquent - thrilling to follow.
A pill of hard truths you’ll be eager to swallow.
So go read this novel. You heard me, now go!
We all miss you David, we all miss you so.
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Can a novel composed in iambic pentameter be relatable, detailed, and meaningful? The answer is a resounding yes! Rakoff's lyrical rhyming composition doesn't detract or sacrifice story. It's not just a novelty for he packs each character's storyline with ironic and heartbreaking realism. A girl suffers a tragic event only to be dismissed by insecure mother; a secretary navigates a sexist boss in a loveless affair, and many other stories and scenarios I won't spoil.
This novel is brief, yet loaded with satirical and tragic tales of ordinary people dealing the hand they're dealt. It's heartbreaking, yet beautiful. The vocabulary, turn of phrase, and irony transform this "poem" to a higher level. Felt I needed to revisit the 500 core GRE words to keep up! Listened on 1X to absorb the meaning and paused frequently to take in all the information. Short, yet thought-provoking and sad this is his last work. If you enjoyed this, check out another of his books, "Fraud."
39 of 40 people found this review helpful