2 journalers for this copy...
Every now and again, I enjoy reading novels, that are not written in the traditional way.
This particular one is compiled of letters written to everyone from parents to the Tooth Fairy, news paper clippings, discussions between father and son, diary entries, a eulogy, etc.
I recently had an unpleasant reading experience with one made up entirely of e-mail correspondence between two people. It was a major success in the German-speaking world. I thought it was horrible. Not so much because of the e-mails but I believe it was entirely the writing. It just felt fake.
So, I guess I was a bit wary of this one, but hey, if both Stephen King and Dave Eggers plug it, how bad can it be?
I really, really liked it. It helped, of course, that the topic at hand is something that appeals to me (to read about!). The letters are suicide notes of sorts, mostly apologetic, some accusing. Through them, the main character tells about his difficult life. His mental health (diagnosed as depression) is addressed by doctor's reports, his mother's diary and an eulogy by his ex-wife.
It turned out to be an incredibly sad book (duh!) - but not because of the suicide, but because of the devastating family life with a father that was both, neglecting and violent, and never wanted or liked his firstborn.
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