Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The CurfewThe Curfew by Jesse Ball
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Curfew by Jess Ball is a fable somewhere near the intersection of a fairy tale, European political allegory, and hipster cuteness. Not entirely successful but the most effective I’ve encountered by the author and possibly an indication of future successes. He has mixed cuteness and the ominous before but the usual result has been dreamy, poetic dribbles. The narrative in this one derails in its last third and doesn’t quite pull itself together for an effective end. This author could produce something if got his tone, narrative, and language working as one. A frustrating but readable novella.

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