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Loved Klam's earlier story collection, especially the one about the wedding toast, but couldn't finish this new novel. The protagonist is generally feckless and what he gets into seemed dull to me. Bellow wrote the book on protagonists whose life isn't working very well, especially Henderson the Rain King. That's a tough comparison, but we know from his stories that Klam can do better. Some readers add value; this one didn't for me.
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I really disliked this creepy guy as narrated from the outset and then it only grew worse. I wish I'd never "met" him. This book was also unbelievably boring. I gained nothing from it but a waste of time and money. The author obviously knows how to write, but the content, story, and main character failed miserably. Major disappointment.
This author's writing came across as a Phillip Roth wannabe at Roth's absolute worst--too selfishly self-absorbed with his own neuroses to give anything of interest to the reader.
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