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By: John Self

Sat, 01 Dec 2007 11:03:02 +0000

I bought this book recently as it was recommended by the great Colm Toibin in the (UK) Guardian's Books of the Year lists. Also I love the NYRB Classics editions that it's published in. At first glance it looks like a slim but piercing thing, and I look forward to it even more after reading your post.

By: iliana

Fri, 03 Aug 2007 02:54:09 +0000

I still haven't finished this book and I don't know if I will. I think I just right book/wrong time kind of thing.

By: Stefanie

Wed, 01 Aug 2007 23:21:57 +0000

Thank you Litlove. I had a hard time getting to anything near articulate so I am very flattered :)

By: litlove

Wed, 01 Aug 2007 20:48:56 +0000

I love what you're saying there about the narrator knowing herself, Stefanie. I do think the book is interesting and provocative in that way, asking us how to make sense of a life when it isn't narrated, but offered up in fragments that don't obviously come with a Meaning attached. You bring that out beautifully in your post.

By: Stefanie

Wed, 01 Aug 2007 12:28:11 +0000

Yes, life as a text. Thank you. I was having trouble verbalizing that but that's exactly what I was after. It's sort of true isn't it? We tell stories about ourselves to others and ourselves all the time so eventually you have to wonder which of the stories are true? Or maybe none of them are entirely true?