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Duplex [Hardcover]

Kathryn Davis

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book 18 Sep 2013
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I heard about this book while listening to a review on NPR and immediately bought it. At first it seemed odd-- as if I was reading about someone's dream- and not a good dream. However, as I continued reading I realized that the writer's imagination had created an amazingly vivid world populated by more than interesting humans and non-humans who responded to their environment in a strangely almost docile way. As soon as I finished the book I knew I had to immediately read it again -- and it was twice as interesting in the second reading. I'd recommend it.
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Dandelion Wine' acid trip 6 Sep 2013
By Matthew - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a fan of Davis' work since I read 'The Thin Place' a handful of years ago. It gave me reason to venture backwards into her work. Davis crafts a beautiful story, but crafts even better sentences. The newest novel, 'Duplex,' reads almost like a collection of short stories. One is not always certain they were meant to ever connect, but that doesn't change the pacing. The novel speaks to the myths of our youth, the gossip on our neighbors, and the stories we tell ourselves to give us cause to get out of bed in the morning. Over the course of one day, six or so hours, I allowed myself to get lost in this world of sorcerers, fairies, horse women, and The Rain of Beads. One of my favorite books this year.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dreamy and strange 21 Nov 2013
By M. Kunz - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted more out of this book by the time I got to the ending, and only realized that it was because this began as a series of short stories. It's a strange world, sort of Alice in Wonderland-like, but dreamy and full of interesting impossibilities to make you think.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars literary acid trip 29 Jan 2014
By Glenn - Published on Amazon.com
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As long as you don't mind being confused the whole time but surrounded by beautiful language and imagery, then read this book. If you're more of the concrete/operational type, run the other way.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than the Rest 8 Jan 2014
By Jack M. Walter - Published on Amazon.com
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Ms. Davis succeeds in doing what many other writers try and fail to accomplish. It is very trendy nowadays to write novels and stories that have a hint of the surreal or the absurd yet play out as realistic fiction otherwise. Most fiction such as this comes out weak, as if they were simply just writing exercises, but Davis nails it.

Duplex is a fantastic alternate-world novel with connecting threads that resonate in our cultural consciousness. Themes such as the female condition, growing up, fertility, love and the human tendency to create stories and legends to explain life and experience. The language here is seductive and lyrical, and although the reader tries to make concrete sense of the story, he is left with more of a sense of the eternal and magical elements of life than anything. Quite brilliantly done, and it's a must read.
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