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Can I ask a few questions, too?,
This review is from: The Interrogative Mood: A Novel? (Hardcover)
What's the point? Is it the reader's task to somehow make sense out of a series of random questions? Is novelty enough, or should a new form justify its existence by actually accomplishing something?
How did the writer know when to start a new paragraph? Isn't a paragraph supposed to have a topic sentence? Is it up to the reader to interpret the significance of the paragraph structure, too? If a paragraph on page 20 changed places with one on page 100, would you be able to tell? Can you think of any other book where you could do that and get away with it?
Amy Hempel, were you really referring to this book when you wrote that this is a "precise and beautiful novel"? In what way is this a "novel"? Do novels require characters and plot? What,exactly, did you find precise and beautiful?
Are you still interested in reading this book? Does your library have a copy? Would you really consider buying it?
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Initial post: Mar 5, 2010 12:49:03 PM PST
J. S. Freeman says:
I like that you put your review in the form of a series of questions... I actually enjoyed the experience of the reading the book quite a bit. I liked the questions. Some of them made me think. It is seductive because it makes one think that the interlocutor is interested in the me, the reader. I enjoyed the juxtaposition and 'randomness' of the questions in terms of their organization into groups, paragraphs, etc. I don't have much to say except that I really enjoyed the book... will be reading it again very soon.. and.. yes, I borrowed it from the Library but I simply don't buy books anymore...
Posted on Jul 11, 2010 10:43:42 AM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2010 6:40:48 PM PDT
Stuart Dolnick says:
Perhaps you're right. Please share your thoughts about the book, so I can learn something today.
Posted on Nov 15, 2010 2:20:48 AM PST
Why do I love this review? Will I still buy the book? Why am I finding it so hard to finish with a question?
Posted on Jan 5, 2012 12:16:27 PM PST
C. Reed says:
Do I love your review? Is it not perhaps perfectly apt, even though the book itself is perfectly amusing, in an irrelevant sort of way? Should I say thank you?
Posted on Sep 23, 2012 5:50:02 AM PDT
Mr. Richard K. Weems says:
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2012 10:46:13 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2012 12:33:02 PM PDT
well some people responded, didn't they?
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2012 1:00:54 PM PDT
Stuart Dolnick says:
Correct. I was actually trying to respond to the guy who told me that I knew nothing about literature and then ignored my request for enlightenment.
Posted on Apr 3, 2014 6:12:16 PM PDT
Cathryn Goll says:
Clever, how long did it take to write this review?