The Brief History of the Dead // Kevin Brockmeier
It’s strange how much life is in a book while you read it and the second you finish, it’s as if all that life has drained out.
This by the way is the strangest writer and book yet. He is basically showing off how much minutae he notices in day to day life. He also is showing off how trippy stream of consciousness he can be. And I must say he is fucking good at both.
There’s a problem with consistency here where one minute it’s surviving the Arctic and the next it’s pages of an elderly couple musing about their unremarkable relationship. There’s also the girl riding in the giant dog’s fur with the marble formations dripping between the shafts only to dissolve into the sun. Or whatever.
I used this book to put myself to sleep. It was phenominally interesting and equally boring in turn. Strange. Truly.
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