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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Brian Doyle: IMG The Rude Burl of Our Masks



One day when I was 12 years old and setting off on my newspaper route after school my mom said will you stop at the doctor's and pick up something... Continue »
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    Children and Other Wild Animals

    Brian Doyle 9780870717543

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Atonement by Ian McEwan
Atonement

azazel, February 12, 2008

This book is a masterpiece, yes, that is what they have said. And it is hard to disagree, the writing, the descriptions, the author's ability to make profound such simple or brief moments and encounters is impressive, and his skill in creating atmosphere through sensations familiar and quite often nostalgic reminded me of Faulkner. But the Ending. I realize what it is saying about fiction and guilt and responsibility and what not, but I cannot help but want to see Briony suffer and I feel that these endings don't absolve her, but do create enough of a moral haze that I was left unsatisfied.
Look, I finished the book at one a.m. and I'm just a little bitter toward a character. Which is obviously a reccomendation in itself. A great book.
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