by Elif Batuman · read June 9, 2022


The beginning of this novel was a bit clunky and the end too abrupt, but most of it was written in the style that made me love The Idiot. It definitely felt heavier and sadder.

"Shall we get out of here?" he said in a suave, euphemistic-sounding tone. I nodded. I always wanted to get out of here, and nobody ever asked.

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