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I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson
I Curse the River of Time

jf2370, January 1, 2011

No one does the kind of melancholy that sneaks up from behind the way Petterson does and this is no exception. In the hands of a lesser writer, this plot--a son going through a divorce returning home to attend to his mother stricken with cancer--could have collapsed under the weight of sugary sentimentality but that isn't Petterson's style. Arvid Jansen, who previously appeared in IN THE WAKE (a loose prequel to I CURSE), is a realistic hero, the kind with believable flaws who has come to a point in his life where he's questioning choices he made as a young man.

Like in Petterson's OUT STEALING HORSES, the past here is never dead. It's not even past.
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