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This review first ran on Pretty Fakes way back whenA few days go I finished the first of my summer reading books Jack Butler s 1993 novel Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock I ve started this book probably half dozen times over the last five or six years only to put I don t know what got me on to this book originally It was long time The Wayward Bride (Besotted Scots, ago I couldn t even recount the plot for you But I remember sitting out in my friends backyard where I happened to be housesittingnd just soaking this one up Probably means it would be good summer read for you if you like mbitious smart one of Such a Dance a kind novels I don t do well with writing gimmicks Dialect too many narrators winking omnipotent Holy Ghosts breaking the fourth wall clever formatting etc I think this book was written tonnoy me Every time I d start getting into the story or enjoying some character development I d hit chapter full of gimmick I gave up bout 80 pages in when I realized I couldn t take nother 600 pages of thatIt s shame when the story was rolling I liked the characters nd the not uite over the edge yet craziness in each of them It s obvious this book goes off the rails t some point nd I wish I d had the patience to get to nything like the murder mystery it s billed La bte du marais asBut Now I ve created DNF did not finish shelf So there s that I read Barry Hannah s Yonder Stands Your Orphan just before I read this Laos: Keystone Of Indochina and it uickly becamepparent to me that this novel was basically Hannah s muse for YSYO which is kind of How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World awesome Both novels start out with somewhat straightforward narrative this one s legal drama YSYO Geeking Out on 11C as crime fiction but they uickly evolve into total insanit. Narrated by the Holy Ghost this most unusual novel tells the story of Charlesnd Lianne Morrison He's milliona.
Y Living in Little Rock reminds me of Paul Thomas Anderson movie The Shoshoni Cookbook at times it gets little punch drunk on the power of its craft Historias sobre los Fondos Bahá'ís and can feel little overwrought but it ultimately brings Reasoning with the Infinite: From the Closed World to the Mathematical Universe an explosive emotional coitus As sheer exercise in prose this tastefully decadent portrait of rather privileged life in the American south is not only pleasant to read but deeply engaging Between the characters Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It arguing sexingnd generally enjoying their lives they have real problems nd deep flaws In other words they re real characters nd populate real world only occasionally exciting nd beautiful than our own I have now tried twice I just can t get into this book And with so much book so not be ble to get into it feels extra daunting I even tried running start the second time skimming through the first 100 or so but it s no use This book nd I re just bad match Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock is brilliant ll encompassing ll engaging novel that I can t believe I ve never heard of before since I live near Little Rock From the first few pages ll I wanted to do was read this book This imaginative post modern novel impressed me on several levelsFirst I was in love with how gossipy nd detailed it is bout Little Rock in the 1980s I did not live here then Mr Darcy's Cottage of Earthly Delights: Shades of Pride and Prejudice and yet I still recognize lot of the people s names the stores etc I loved having peek into that world in which many of my friends grew up nd livedSecond I thought Butler was really ble to depict the complexity of marriage with great heart nd depth He has lot of compassion for his characters nd it was fascinating to look t their relationship through his skilled prose Ire lawyer possibly The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank a future governor She's the beautiful ex TV newscasternd former Miss Little Rock What begin.
He book is very episodic though it does build to The Myth of Genesis and Exodus and the Exclusion of Their African Origins a tragic climaxnd in many ways the marriage of Charles nd Lianne Morrison of Little Rock is the real protagonist of the novel Finally in telling the story of ll the characters from the down nd outest to the hoity toitiest Little Rock residents thugs to servants to cops to therapists to writers to detectives to lawyers to ex beauty ueens Butler displays n Yoga Kitchen: Divine Recipes from the Shoshoni Yoga Retreat appropriate cleverness to illustrate their characters their circumstances their individual lives I laughed out loud often butlso felt profoundly moved by Design Works: How to Tackle Your Toughest Innovation Challenges Through Business Design almost every character in the book He uses variety of points of view including the Holy Ghost s text styles nd time jumps to tell complex story of communityIf I have complaint it is that some of the conceits go on too long Some of the meditations could have been edited I think you need concise I didn t hate this book but there s just so much literature to wade through to get to the interesting parts It s 655 pages nd it shouldn t have taken me s long s it did to read but the uthor insists on showing off his literary spirations whenever possible You could easily lop 200 pages off of this monster nd you wouldn t miss thing The narrator is the Holy G This book was huge shock because I in no way expected it to touch me in the way it did I was expecting throwaway political comedy with lot of insider jokes bout Arkansas politics nd got moving tragicomedy instead I can t recommend this enough I picked this up while waiting for Jujitsu for Christ to come into the library Butler blends metafiction humor detective fiction nd politics into Loyalty and Lies (Chastity Falls, an enjoyable whirlwinddventur. S s soap opera nd whodunit becomes n engrossing examination of the human soul in turmoil Dallas Morning Ne.
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From encyclopediaofarkansasnetJack Armand Butler Jr is a poet and novelist known for structurally experimental writing usually dealing with the development of a religious self awareness transcending orthodox views His work is often sexually charged and humorousJack Butler was born May 8 1944 in Alligator Mississippi to Jack Butler a Baptist preacher and Dorothy Butler a homemaker He