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29 March 2013

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Mia

My mom lent me this book--I enjoyed it fairly well, but the weird racist magic stuff towards the middle really threw me. I understand that Orientalism would have been fairly common in her father's time, but it didn't seem...necessary to the proceedings, and the author's inclusion of it left me feeling weird. (So now, of course, that's basically all I remember about the book.)

Leila

Totally understandable! I was able to get past it because it made sense for the era (and even more so because it went down during her father's childhood, so decades before the story took place), but my eyes definitely popped when I hit that section. It was just so... detailed. (The sausage-casing-fingernails! And the hideous dialogue! *shudder*)

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