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The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud
The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud
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3.0 out of 5 stars Puzzled by details, Feb. 9 2011
I liked many things in this novel. From the little I know about 'post-traumatic stress disorder', the father's case seems relatively mild, but he is a sympathetic and entertaining character. I was attracted to the central metaphor of the submerged town. Whether or not you like it, you will certainly take notice of the writing style, which is more than can be said for many novels. However, I have reservations.

The author often seems at pains to establish the precise time and place at which events occur, but I had difficulty making the details add up. Take, for example, the chronology of the father's abandonment of his family, subsequent resumption of contact, and eventual move to… Read more