Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Ugliest Sentence I've Read in Some Time

"Not the modern-day Italians fighting and cajoling outside, boys trying to stick it inside girls, mopeds humming beneath hairy legs, multi-generational families bursting with pimply life."

       - Gary Shteyngart, Super Sad True Love Story (Random House 2010), p. 6.

The book has gotten rave reviews, and I very much enjoyed his last book, Absurdistan: A Novel. Too many more ugly sentences like that one, however, and I won't be finishing the new book, no matter how super sad and true it is.

UPDATE: Despite a few additional ugly sentences - more than compensated for by a number of beautiful sentences - the new Shteyngart book is a phenomenal read. I read fully half of it yesterday, and will probably finish it today. The dystopian future he presents is pretty scary, only because it seems somehow plausible. Despite the political overtones, it is a very human (and sometimes humane) book about personal hopes, frailties, and failures.

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