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Old 05-23-11, 10:20 PM
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You guys know I love weird books, obscure books, hard-to-read books, etc. So I was really looking forward to reading There Is No Year by Blake Butler. One reviewer said, "At times grotesque, at times sexual, always pushing the bounds of plot, form, narrative, and reality, the novel presents a demanding yet unique read." Sounded right up my alley.

I got about 30 pages in and realized I have absolutely no interest in continuing. This book is just f'd up. I loved Finnegan's Wake, The Metamorphosis, Ulysses and the books of Jonathan Safran Foer, but this one is just too weird even for me.
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Old 05-23-11, 11:03 PM
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I'm a sucker like that. I can't give up on a book. I probably would have suffered through it and hated it the entire time.
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I can't not finish a book.
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Did you even flip to the end to see what happened?!?! lol
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Old 05-24-11, 05:24 PM
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Guys, I have an awfully hard time not finishing a book, which is why this is notable.

This is not a straightforward book where flipping forward would give you any satisfaction. Here's an except from the last page:

"The light continued. Light ate light up, and shat light out, and light remained. Days rolled in the long blows of the hours hidden in spinning years and months and days.

In the houses men were laughing. Mothers made other mothers, fathers, too. Sick continued. Night continued. In the night, small pockets fried in endless sing.

The night gathered up in pockets, grew holes. The holes hummed around a rasping center, rolled. Centered in all air and in all bodies. The center's center had no name.

The bodies ages. The bodies ate lunch, their old limbs shifting, breathing up in celebration, years of air. Resting. Nesting. Needing. Sleeping. Going. Sewing, Teeth on teeth.

Other things would happen. More words would pass from mouth to mouth. The weight of nameless light would overflow the houses, days unblinking, above ground.

The ground was light. The lunch was light, too. And the days, the bed, more holes. The light would fill the halls for hours. The skin would come and come and come."

The whole book is like that.
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