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The Book of Freaks
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About the Author
Jamie Iredell lives in Atlanta, Georgia. His writing has been published enthusiastically and reluctantly in various known and unknown forums. He also wrote a book called Prose. Poems. A Novel. (Orange Alert Press, 2009), which is very hard to find.
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This book is a curiosity, an exploration of anything and everything. There are no guidelines yet the book is ordered and out of order. It makes sense and makes more sense the further along you read. After you realize you're not in Kansas anymore, Iredell's prose, which wastes nothing, grabs you and holds you to each and every entry in this catalog of Americana. The book is worth that alone.
Finally, there is a strange cumulative effect you don't realize until about halfway through then you understand you're in it for the long haul and finish the damn thing in one sitting. Really. You're simply curious to see what the hell he's going to tackle next.
The world would seem a lot smaller and much less interesting if "The Book of Freaks" weren't in it.
Though they tend to come from an absurdist place, and get a lot of their punch from Iredell's spritely narrative juking, the entries are not only funny but also touching. Moreso because of the contrast of their placement. "Legless Man," a story about soldiers, is told tenderly, and without irony, and yet you come to it from "Jerks," an extended badmouthing of the Denver police department.
It's an awesomely strange book, poetic in parts, punchy, and filled with character. It's a kind of Book of Sand in that it's endlessly more vast than its page count suggests. So much fun. The Book of Freaks