Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Sorrows of an American

Title: The Sorrows of an American
Author: Siri Hustvedt
Sceptre, 2009 (2008)

This novel is about a pair of siblings who are coming to terms with their heritage and the death of their father. It has a distinct post-modern air: pretentious, smart, with a touch of the surreal. Thankfully, it is not just about showing-off Hustvedt's considerable literary skill, but it has that one redeeming quality that saves it all: it is interesting, and in stead of making me feel left out it includes me in its edgy world. Thoughts and images pop into my head and make me feel alive. I think, therefore I am.

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