Okay – I really disliked the book – actively. I should go answer the questions about why people finish books. I guess I finished because I was curious about Katrina but by the time I got to that part I was about 3/4 finished anyway. Then I was curious how it would end. (ho-hum) I skimmed a lot – I had to, what with the subject matter. I would not recommend this book to anyone not vitally interested in dog fighting, very young, promiscuous and pregnant girls and lots of body fluids.
I bought the book because it was the National Book Award winner and being discussed here – also it promised to be about Katrina and the forgotten poor people of the area. All that sounded fine. What I got feels now like I was hit by a hurricane of sex and violence in a world where people really are animals and pregnant children have very frequent and graphic bathroom issues even if they do read classical lit. Okay – yes – it’s stunning.
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