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Rick Borsten has commented on (2) products.

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
Skippy Dies

Rick Borsten, January 21, 2012

As dark as it is hilarious, as audacious as it is grounded, SKIPPY DIES is a wild onion of a story, layer after stunning layer peeled away by the young Irish writer Paul Murray--only in eleven dimensions instead of the usual three. Such dizzying prose at the service of such storytelling; such mastery of character and dialog; so many balls in the air--each performing its own little tour de force--it seems more an act of magic than dexterity. After cartoonishly killing off his 14 year-old protagonist in the first few pages, Murray quickly resurrects him to create a world in which everything is connected to everything else. This is one of the handful of books I've encountered in my half-century of reading that, upon finishing the final sentence with a deep shudder of satisfaction, I felt compelled to go right back to the opening sentence and start all over again.
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The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
The Lonely Polygamist

Rick Borsten, September 25, 2011

Though I loved the title, I started THE LONELY POLYGAMIST deeply doubting that I'd ever be able to relate to the protagonist, Golden Richards, a Mormon fundamentalist with four wives and twenty-eight children. A protagonist who, as it turns out--despite the four wives and twenty-eight children--is feeling lonely and isolated, ready, perhaps, to plunge into an affair. But only a few pages into the story, I found myself liking, even empathizing with, Golden. By the time I was a third of the way in, I flat out adored the guy. And when I finished the last page, I let the book drop onto my lap, stunned to realize that Brady Udall had somehow just told MY story. Not the specifics, but the wondrous and confounding experience of what it means to be human in this world. But then, this is precisely the magic of great literature. This is why those of us who love fiction open a new novel so eagerly and hungrily. With THE LONELY POLYGAMIST, Brady Udall affords us a rare opportunity to be put under that spell we've been longing for.
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