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Exemplary contemporary American fiction, the best book I've read in a long time. Heartbreakingly sad. Brilliant characterisation. I was fascinated by the idea of walking across America. Kept recalling something for me I couldn't quite catch. Kept being reminded of Walt Whitman, and the contemporary description of madness + homelessness is straight out of King Lear. An exquisite appropriation, complete with Shakespearian poetry. Pleased to hear at the end he did have Lear in mind. I must say I prefer this kind of delicate textual appropriation to that of, say, Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres.
I haven't read And Then We Came to the End but since audible has only an abridged version, I'll be reading that through my eyes.
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The author is an apt narrator for this novel, and his voice seemed perfectly suited to describe the experience of the main character. There is an easy flow to the narration that is nice to listen to. This novel explores illness and its effects on the arc of the characters' lives. While the actual illness suffered by the main character is a fictional, improbable one, the way in which his work, family and self must adapt is thought-provoking. Anyone who has dealt with chronic illness will find threads to identify with here, but there is much in this book about the human condition in general. A little slow to start - I enjoyed the second half more.
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