Visits From The Drowned Girl Paperback – 31 May 2004
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About the Author
STEVEN SHERRILL is a poet and short story writer as well as the author of The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break (Canongate, 2003). He lives in Illinois.
Top Customer Reviews
It is at times a grim read, but one that draws you in and horrifies as Benny, to whom we initially warm, drifts into a series of misguided, morally reprehensible and ultimately fatal actions. He is a subtle portrait of an individual set adrift, unable to genuinely connect with those around him, a committmentphobe and voyeur of the highest order (witness the tapes, his relationship with Doodle, and his inability to take decisive action a number of times).
What, if anything, lets this book down is the rather ponderous imagery deployed at various points. The bonsai tree and the midget, the juxtaposition of the preacher's daughter to halloween, and the satanic incident of goats and the preacher's daughter, among others, felt a little contrived and unnecessary. The resulting exchanges did not have the authenticity of earlier dialogue.
It's a good read, but it certainly does not measure up to the light-handed accomplishment of Sherrill's 'The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break'.