- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Prime Books (July 12, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809573121
- ISBN-13: 978-0809573127
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,213,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You Might Sleep . . . Paperback – July 12, 2011
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There are a few head scratchers, but I chalked those instances up to my hesitation with experimental literature in general, and the fact that Mamatas swings for a lot of bleachers here. The good news is that the author's got a big bat, lots of chops, and doesn't really care what you think about what pitches he's swinging at. He takes a lot of risks here with the presentation, language and form - there's a two-liner in here that has a longer title than story, and it's laugh-out loud funny - and I found the overall experience well worth the ride.
Some of the work is funny ("To-Do List"), some frightening ("All That's Left After the Big One Drops"), some raunchy ("Withdraw, Withdraw!"), some just flat-out weird (take your pick). All of it is compelling. And thanks to "Land Speed Record", I now have a new manifesto to tape to the inside of my work cubicle.
Ultimately this book won't be for everyone, but it doesn't detract from the sheer amount of imagination and craft that's coming off it in swathes. For people looking for something that doesn't pull it's punches and can be nibbled at over time, I highly recommend it.