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 Book Two: Any Day Now - Chapters 1, 2, 3 & 4
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Post Re: Book Two: Any Day Now - Chapters 1, 2, 3 & 4
Not for nothing, but I wish Baldwin didn't write 100 page chapters. Sheesh. I am one of those that does not like to leave off in between a chapter. He doesn't even use many breaks.

Nothing of value to post yet. I just started a new job and been very busy. I am fortunate to have found a better job in these times. And the place seems great so far.


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Post Re: Book Two: Any Day Now - Chapters 1, 2, 3 & 4
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job and been very busy


Exact reason I've not been active on the site.

Plus, a friend who writes deep fantasy fiction sent me their book to read. It's a thousand pages of really detailed writing. They're cool and in no rush as the series is already out, but I feel bad for not being able to get into their story like I want to.



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Damn. You just hate every character in the book. They are shallow, contemptible twats. Except maybe Rufus.


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Post Re: Book Two: Any Day Now - Chapters 1, 2, 3 & 4
The characters give me a window into a different culture and seem little recognizable compared to me and people I know. The relationships are very intense, much more so than my own relationships. I don't always understand Baldwin's descriptions of the characters' thoughts--some obscurity there. I've read almost to the end and might be reflecting on later chapters.

I can't help being concerned for these people-- hundreds of cigarettes and drinks, and when do they eat? The atmosphere is claustrophobic and the city, it seems, is never portrayed as a place where you'd want to live. It's like an expressionist painting, often.

Well, Mr. P. Was right; Vivaldo takes up with Rufus' sister, Ida. I've also seen plenty of uses of "violence" and forms thereof, as Mr. P pointed out.



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Claustrophobic is an excellent descriptor. It's like the characters are being suffocated by their very existence. The city is absolutely an oppressor in this setting.

I am just on Ch 3 of book 2. I gotta pick it up. This new job is very busy and I am just mentally tired when I get home.


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