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Termite Parade Paperback – July 1, 2010
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I genuinely NEEDED to find out how the terrible threesome were going to resolve their myriad conflicts, and had to be reminded to do normal wifely things like.... get dinner.
It's an amazing book. Even for someone happiest when channelling Mary Poppins.
The idea of humans as animals is the backbone of Mohr's tale. He forces the reader into the cages of three characters who "reveal every contortion of their flimsy spirits," in everything they do and say. He unhurriedly creates a tapestry of shame, guilt, and regret. But rather than pity these lost souls who are trapped in their self-inflicted "dilapidated zoo," and floundering in their "arrogant betrayals," Mohr forces us to see ourselves in their malice and indignity.
Mohr's characters and their abusive existences act as a reminder to us all that the human spirit, while masquerading as noble and benevolent is really just, "seconds from crumbling away."
Early in the novel, Mohr states, "maybe there is no difference between evolution and devolution as long as it leads to change." He then spends the remainder of the book deconstructing his three characters down to their most base emotions, and he painfully unveils the animal in us all. By allowing us to relate to their self-loathing, Mohr helps us unhurriedly peel back the duplicity we all hide behind to survive. "What's the difference between lying to yourself and being redeemed?" He asks. Mohr dares us to admit that we don't all constantly lie to ourselves.Read more ›
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