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Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Swamplandia!

eely, January 25, 2013

a bigger, hotter, steamier mess than the central character of this tome, the everglades. the language is mercilessly overwrought and overworked, it leaves your head spinning in unpleasant and unhelpful ways. its matriarchal focus is sexual politics at its worst and most insulting; i.e. mom dies, the family falls apart, dad is helpless, uncommunicative and absent; grandad is a victim of senility; son is a delusional mess stumbling whichever way random chance and misguided males steer him, and in the end mom's ghost saves the day. Any alleged hilarity in this, alluded to by other readers, only comes at the expense of hapless, lost souls and the pathetic excuse for a culture that florida has grown in the fetid expanses of empty wetness that await us all in our globally warmed future.
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