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You Are Not a Stranger Here

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Never-ending empathy

This is a book full of amazing, character-driven stories. The prose is beautiful, but not in a 'look how clever I am at writing' kind of way. It's beautiful in that it truly lets you get into the hearts and minds of the characters. It's obvious the author loves his c...
This is a book full of amazing, character-driven stories. The prose is beautiful, but not in a 'look how clever I am at writing' kind of way. It's beautiful in that it truly lets you get into the hearts and minds of the characters. It's obvious the author loves his characters. He knows them well enough to know their flaws, and their reasons and goodness within and in spite of those flaws. It's a beautiful empathy with pain of ordinary existence. Most of the negative reviews I see have to do with the lack of action and the depressing settings. It's true. This book is not something to read on the beach or if you dislike character-driven stories. That does not, however, make it a bad book -- what the author sets out to do, he does excellently. I've yet to see his equal. However, if you don't enjoy that type of writing generally, you probably won't enjoy it this time around either. Also, it is definitely a book I CAN put down and come back to. It isn't something you'll stay up all night dying to finish. The beauty of it is that even though I can put it down, I can't stop myself from coming back to it. Re-reading it, re-learning these characters.

posted by Anonymous on September 16, 2004

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Not at all entertaining...

Before I begin, I freely admit that I come to stories hoping to be entertained by way of vicarious living; I'm looking for an escape. Haslett's book offered nothing but depressing settings, dull characters, and stories that I ultimately didn't care about. Seldom do I ...
Before I begin, I freely admit that I come to stories hoping to be entertained by way of vicarious living; I'm looking for an escape. Haslett's book offered nothing but depressing settings, dull characters, and stories that I ultimately didn't care about. Seldom do I ever put down a book--I should have dropped this one. If you're looking for a great story to escape with, avoid this book.

posted by Anonymous on July 26, 2004

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  • Posted June 18, 2010

    Good, not great

    I don't see the reasons for the critical acclaim this book got. I think it's well-written and some of the characters are truly interesting, but it isn't a great book. The language is simple and direct, which I like, but it isn't especially graceful or powerful. If the book has any power, it's in its conviction that life is desperate and useless. How powerful a conclusion is that really?

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    Posted December 25, 2010

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