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5.0 out of 5 stars Staggering genius., November 2, 2004
This review is from: How We Are Hungry: Stories (Hardcover)
Dave Eggers has always been too clever by half, and often that resulted in prose getting in the way of plot. Short stories, therefore, are the perfect medium for him, as he can dazzle with words without being bound to develop characters or advance a story (although the few longer stories in the book are surprisingly good). There's not a dud in the book; I'd love to see him publish another volume.
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Initial post: Apr 20, 2014 7:24:54 AM PDT
S. Zwerling says:
This book of stories is another example of Eggers being too clever for his own good. (One "story" is 5 blank pages.) To say there is not a dud in the book makes me wonder which book is being referred to. Most are boring (about nothing much) and so blandly written as to be soporific. These seem more like creative-writing class assignments than inspired.
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