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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, 25 May 2010
If you are a lover of Cummings's beautiful and human poetry, EIMI is unmissable. His enthusiasm for the flexibility of language is evident throughout, and the novel/travelogue/extended prose poem is a marvellous cubistic exposé of what Cummings saw as the absurdity of Soviet Communism, despite having been willing to observe with an open mind.

There's a glossary of the Russian words used, and an outline plot summary by Cummings himself, but don't worry - EIMI is nowhere near as opaque as Joyce's Finnegans Wake, with which I've seen it compared. It is dense, admittedly, but it's riotously good fun, and once you adjust to Cummings's use of changing nicknames for central characters it's perfectly clear what's going on. If you don't speak French you might want a French dictionary handy too.

It's one of the few books I would recommend without any reservations. Please read it.
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