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Friday, March 13, 2015

Red the Fiend / G. Sorrentino

It's a rare novel that has no dialogue; this is gruesome realism with a deeply shocking ending, a story of long-term child persecution concerning a l940s underclass Brooklyn youth, some of the crimes inflicted by his grandmother so awful, so ingeniously diabolical, and so perfectly described that, inexplicably, they come across as hilarious, I mean she's a she-devil from the lowest depths of hell and you're pulling for Red all the time until, sadly, you come to see the core of his character.

Highly recommended but brace yourself.

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