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Without a Name and Under the Tongue Paperback – Feb 13 2002

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition (Feb. 13 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374528160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374528164
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.7 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #793,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazing April 6 2005
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I can barely find words that adequately express what Yvonne Vera accomplishes in her writing. This book contains some of the most gorgeous language I have ever read. It is dense, poetic, sensual, muscular, challenging, honest, deeply humane. I read and reread it, and each time I am lifted to a blissful, mind-swelling state of aesthetic arrest.

You may not enjoy Vera's style if you tend to prefer a light-hearted read. But if you enjoy a sensitivity for language, it will be pure joy. Your mind glides with the smoothly sustained surface of the writing, undulates with its poetic rhythms, startles with her revelations, lifted to your new eyes like some just-born thing, dangerous or gentle, held in the tender palm of her cupped hands.

The story lines are described well enough in the product description above, but it is a mistake to read Vera's writing with eyes focused on the scaffolding of character and plot. She has imploded that structure, sinking to some deeper level and creating the story from the inside out, with a pure and powerful voice that has the impact of poetry in the space of fiction.

This fiction isn't well-crafted, it is inspired.
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I loved this book! I only read Without a Name but Yvonne Vera's storytelling skills are authentic and intriguing. I was reeled in by the situation the main character was "stuck" in. There is a bit of history and compromise within the story that makes it hard to put the book down.