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The Convalescent

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  • Posted August 5, 2009

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    Unusual, Elegant, Awesome

    If you love rich detailed stories with quirky characters both repulsive and endearing, read this book. A good read for John Irving fans and the like.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

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    Get it!

    Remarkable - best summer read yet.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2009

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    An astonishing novel

    The Convalescent is an astonishing novel about small things, the events and people who, unnoticed, molt into the universe, right before our eyes. Jessica Anthony has given us a gift, a verdant, acutely smart, wickedly humorous novel, axenic and wise well beyond its pages. Rovar Pfliegman, the hero, loves without being loved, steals without repentance, and is, on first meeting, disgusting to all senses. However, his presence throughout the novel becomes etched into an enduring, joyful melancholy and onto the psyche we indite to protect the damaged little spiritus inhabiting each of our lives.

    It would be difficult for me to typecast The Convalescent. While it is not a novel for everyone, it is a novel about everyone. It draws its strength from the weakest among us, from the humid, at times fetid, Rovar and his small world flush with a dominion that become ours. In the end, there is an ecdysis, the shedding of ego, the internal diathesis, as Rovar's world, our world, emerges, sonorous and pure. Which is fine.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

    In the vein of Kafka

    About two months prior, I had picked up a copy of the Sons, and finally got around to reading the Metamorphosis. After coming into a little cash recently, I decided to add some more fiction to my personal library. I quickly found nine books that I had been meaning to read. Hoping to make it an even ten, I went to the new books section.

    I have chosen a book by its cover on several occasions. Initially, this was one. The art is truly wonderful on the cover. Reading into it a little more, It seemed to tell a story in and of itself, a wretched little man, his body split open, into something disturbing and wonderful.

    I lived relatively near the river described in the book (dont ask me to spell it) and one time, and I did grow up in virginia. It was no real stretch of the imagination for me to conjure up the Bus where Rovar Pfliegman lived and sold his meat. In fact, overall, the jumps in imagination the book requires are few and easy.

    The read was enjoyable, and the storytelling good. I reccomend it, as a good read, particularly when feeling down about a situation. Overall, it is very uplifting.

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