Wednesday, November 11, 2009

2009 book 233

Brigid Pasulka's A Long Long Time Ago and Essentially True
This book has been garnering comparisons to various Jonathan Safran Foer books (based primarily on its title and its WWII/1990s Polish setting, I suppose), which is a shame, b/c his books are terrible, full of deliberately quirky narrative tics and unlikable protagonists, whereas Pasulka's characters are winning and her narrative much more straightforward (each chapter flashes back and forth between a woman's life in a small village in 1940s Poland, and her granddaughter's 50 years later in Krakow). Anyway, I enjoyed this quite a bit--it was full of heroism and romance and complex family dynamics. A- just because I had mixed feelings about the ending.

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