Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

I read Plainsong by Kent Haruf over the last couple days, and I recommend it. (I finished it after midnight after turning off Dick Clark, so it's the first book on my 2008 list. That's the OCD I was referring to earlier.) It's a very interesting experiment in form that feels like there's nothing unusual about it but adds up in layers to something larger. The whole thing is strongly implied in the title and in the explanation of the title at the beginning and then is made clear by the title of the last chapter.

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