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ingrid7469, June 21, 2013 (view all comments by ingrid7469)
I am deeply conflicted about this one. It didn't suck me in from the get-go but I stuck with it and then got lost in Gurion's world. I grew to love the way Levin plays with language and style, the intelligence of his writing, the way things come full circle - little details brought out again later in the story and made relevant. It may seem ironic to say the author of a 1000+ page work is concise, but I don't think the author wastes language - it's all there for a purpose, deliberate, every last word of it. You grow to have an affection for these deeply flawed and damaged characters. You root for them, and then...and then? All hell breaks loose. The violence made me physically uncomfortable - although I admittedly have a very low tolerance for that kind of thing - I found myself having to stop reading, look out the window, breath. I had two moments when I was caught totally off guard by plot shifts and it was like the physical sensation of the Earth shifting under me. By the time it ended, I was furious - and confused. This was a great book....right?? What just happened here? Up is down, left is right, good is bad. Or did I misunderstand the whole of what came before? I can relate it to only two other books in my experience - Catcher in the Rye and Things Fall Apart - both of which caused similar, profound seismic shifts in perspective. One I loved (the latter) and one I detested (the former). So conflicted is where I remain.
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Bethany, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Bethany)
I had such a hard time choosing my Puddly Award nominee, and I have to say that "The Instructions" was a close call. It is an AMAZING book -- unlike anything I have ever read before. The characters are so well developed and the world the reader is immersed in (completely uncomfortably most of the time) is fascinating. In today's society of extremes, this is a book that has stayed with me long after I finished. I probably never would have purchased it had it not been part of my Indiespensable subscription. (One of the reasons I love Indiespensable -- I am introduced to books and authors I might never have selected for myself.) Fantastic read -- and experience.
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Kraig, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Kraig)
Loved this book, and almost hated to finish it I liked the characters so much.

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ISBN:
9780857861368
Author:
Levin, Adam
Publisher:
Canongate Books
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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