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A Solid Piece of First Person Prose
on 6 March 2012
Some really great first person narrative sits over a story that doesn't really have that much to say. Adults and children communicate in different ways, erm, that's about it. This is a quick, entertaining and mildly provocative piece that is definitely worth a read but certainly not worthy of the high critical praise it has garnered. Buten does well to get two hundred pages out of the one significant thing that actually happens in the piece and that is a tribute to his writing. On the whole though, this book felt like a first draft that could have been much more developed.
This particular edition comes with notes written in German for German speakers and is unusually small. It is a great size for reading on the train.