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I am having difficutly with this one. It's only 173 pages and I read it in 2 sittings. Immediately it splits into two timelines: the protag as a 5-year old living on the perimeter of a forest which he explores along with terrifying results, and as a grownup artist whose wife and baby has left him and he's alone fighting the Boiler Monster in the cellar. The writing is pretty straightforward so there's a sense of simplicity to the whole thing, but, I suspect, there's also a strong narrative emphasis on fantasy, art, and coping which I have somehow managed to lose.

A devious read, I'm labeling it. And onto the re-read shelf.

Which is somewhat like saying, "oh no, you're not going to Hell. Just Gehenna."

 

 

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