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The Raw and the Spooked

The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall

Reviewed by Gerry Donaghy

"The plot of the Raw Shark Texts is fairly straightforward: man wakes up one day to find that he is an amnesiac and spends the rest of the narrative trying to figure out who he is and reclaim his lost identity. But such a superficial description does a grave injustice to the ingenuity and literary pyrotechnics displayed by debut novelist Steven Hall. Far more than a generic potboiler, Raw Shark Texts is a stirring meditation on the nature of loss, the fluidity of language, and the peril of reckless adventure...." Read the entire review.

4 Responses to "The Raw and the Spooked"

    max dixon April 28th, 2007 at 9:32 am

    Why twice?

    benjamins April 28th, 2007 at 9:35 am

    I think it's a postmodern statement

    Eunice Riemer April 28th, 2007 at 11:01 am

    This review illustrates the need for editing everything, and I mean everything you write. A quick run-through would have saved the author from the embarrassment of putting out a piece that repeated several paragraphs.

    [Ed's note: Our apologies. The duplicate paragraphs have been removed.]

    Carol Rolnick May 15th, 2007 at 6:13 am

    The review, despite the repitive paragraphs, was intriguing enough for me to read this book. While novel in concept, style, and execution, I found it frustrating beyond belief to wade through all the author's contrivances to make this a "unique" debut novel.

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