Monday, August 8, 2011

Lit--Mary Karr

Poetic prose.  Very funny.  Tragic.  Humane.  I was reading her first, The Liar's Club, and when I stalled on that, I picked this one up, the third of her trilogy, and I could not put it down.  Very intelligent; very dense.  An interview in the back of the book points out that Karr threw out over 1,000 pages.  The exactness of the prose leads me to believe this.  An obvious stab at consistent quality, where every word, every sentence has purpose.  But that doesn't slow the work down, nor do you realize this while you're reading it.

A work of art.  A high water mark for memoir.  Shatteringly real.  Highly recommended.

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