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Book Title: The Year of Silence|
Edition: Penguin Books
Date of issue: February 7th 1989
ISBN 13: 9780140115338
The author of the book: Madison Smartt Bell
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 823 KB
Read full description of the books The Year of Silence:I picked up this book at random from the stacks of $1 books at the Strand during my first ever visit to New York City this January. I was absolutely in love with the beautiful cover - the foggy city perched atop a little piano - and it was short and only a dollar. I decided it was worth taking back home. Now, however, I'm half tempted now to tear off the cover and throw the rest of the book away, since the cover is the only appealing thing about it.
It's not a long book, and I began it with the resolution that no matter how much I liked or disliked it, I would finish it. After all, you can't appreciate a truly great book until you've read a few truly terrible (or simply mediocre) ones. 108 pages into this, however, I decided that life is indeed to short to waste on bad books. The shifts in perspective (from third to first person, and back again) are jolting, and although I see how each narrator relates to the main character of the story, the execution was terribly done. I don't care about any of the characters, and the writing fails to enchant me. I could see this concept working out better as a film, but I think perhaps, overall, the whole thing bores me.
The only real dilemma is: DO I tear off the cover and keep it, since I'm so enchanted with it? Do I have it in me to mutilate a book, any book, no matter how dreadful the material between the covers?
Read information about the authorMadison Smartt Bell is a critically acclaimed writer of more than a dozen novels and story collections, as well as numerous essays and reviews for publications such as Harper’s and the New York Times Book Review. His books have been finalists for both the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, among other honors. Bell has also taught at distinguished creative writing programs including the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Johns Hopkins, and Goucher College. His work is notable for its sweeping historical and philosophical scope matched with a remarkable sensitivity to the individual voices of characters on the margins of society.
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