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interesting narrative style
on 19 April 2014
I had to read this book for a university module. From the beginning, it caught my attention and turned out to be a different, interesting book. The narrative technique is intriguing, the symbols, and the use of some 'queer theory' ideas in it. It is very similar to the life of a real Jazz musician named Billy Tipton. It draws on the idea of relativity of gender, drawing a line between sex and gender as discussed by some critics like Judith Butler.
However, I disliked one factor about this book, and it was the language of one of the characters. I understand that an author tries to be impersonal and portrays each character in the way they are according to his/her vision, but reading the swear words constantly made me want to skip some paragraphs and chapters and it was very unpleasant. I also do not recommend this book to those who are uncomfortable around discussions on homosexuality.