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July - June 2014



Comments for Great House

Great House: 06/11/13

cover artGreat House by Nicole Krauss explores the human condition through the four lives touched by an ornate writing desk. While it's sold as a novel, it's really more like four interconnected literary short stories.

I think here my rather less than enthusiastic reception to Krauss's book is due more to the medium than the message. I chose to listen to the audio — performed by four very well established narrators. While each reader did a fine job on his or her section — having four very different voices for each piece of the novel put too much emphasis on the short story aspect of the novel, and less on the connecting themes.

Great House probably does better in print as a book that can be flipped through, with passages re-read as the writing desk's journey unfolds.

Two stars

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