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Original Essays | April 11, 2014

Paul Laudiero: IMG Shit Rough Draft

I was sitting in a British and Irish romantic drama class my last semester in college when the idea for Shit Rough Drafts hit me. I was working... Continue »
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Europe Central by William T. Vollmann
Europe Central

whitehorseblackraven, September 20, 2011

I am typically a HUGE fan of William T. Vollmann. I absolutely adored his other novels, particularly Ice-Shirt and Fathers & Crows. So when I saw that Europe Central won the National Book Award, and I noted critics saying things like this was "his most accessible book," I was quite excited! But, after attempting to slog through it, I really am befuddled by those positive and glowing reviews. In fact, I am finding it wholly inaccessible. Well-written, yes, but overly dense and strangely packed. It's a mystery to me why a book like Fathers & Crows didn't win a similar award. That book had me riveted for its 800-plus pages.
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