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Posted October 14, 2009
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The Editorial Reviews provided for this book give fair warning. They all love the book, but read carefully!
The Barnes & Noble review tells us: The author's hard-driven prose may confuse some readers on first encounter, but no better engine exists for this subject matter.
The Washington Post reviewer says: Ellroy's bleak, brooding worldview, his dense, demanding style and his unflinching descriptions of extreme violence will almost certainly alienate large numbers of readers.
Publisher's Weekly says: It's a stunning and crazy book that could only have been written by the premier lunatic of American letters.
The Library Journal says: ...this traffic accident of a book. It's loud, explosive, and not pretty, but you can't not look.
Kirkus Reviews says: The book is repetitious in places and confusing in others. Still, you won't easily put it down.
And I say: Yes, I can put it down. I got 150 pages into a 630 page novel and decided that my life could be better spent than trying to unravel some of the most confusing writing ever to receive such laudatory reviews.
Really, the writer has no clothes.
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