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It's all in here.
on 14 August 2016
There were times while reading this astonishing book that I wanted to rate it zero, and time when I wanted to rate it 10 - now I'd rate it 20 if I could.
It's a book I've heard of on and off for the last 40 years, and I am so glad I finally got round to reading it. It's a work I can't categorise or designate, it fits no genre and refuses to conform to whatever you might be expecting it to do or how you might be expecting it to develop.
Agee is good at using lists - lists of objects and things, lists of adjectives, and my list of adjectives that seem to accrete to the book includes; infuriating, inspiring, challenging, emotional, TRUE, TRUE, TRUE, demanding, domineering, solipsistic, all-encompassing, sorrowful, joyful, - I can't list them all. You need to surrender to this book to get the most out of it, it's no good struggling against it or nit-picking. It's structured like a symphony and affects you like one. It's one of those books that has to be read in each lifetime.