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10:04 - Ben Lerner

I'm not entirely sure what I think of this book, a book that I won on a goodreads giveaway (thank you again for another thought provoking read).


I had a very hard time getting into the book, as the writing style seemed a bit disjointed (multi-comma'd and very long sentences) to me.  As a result, it was a bit more challenging to stay focused.  I ended up reading then re-reading many of the passages, in order to get the gist of what was being said.


The book was intriguing though, the narrator has recently been diagnosed with a life-threatening aortic dilation and his best friend wants him to make her a mother (co-parenting fully encouraged).  As this premise is laid out for us, we're taken on a journey of reflection and pondering.  I'm still not entirely sure who the narrator was meant to be talking to exactly (did I miss that somewhere?), but the thoughts were definitely relatable for many people: am I worthy; what is my purpose; can/will I measure up the responsibility before me.


Had I not received this book through a goodreads giveaway, I likely would have given up on it early on.  I didn't though and I'm glad I kept at it.  I may (once I polish off a few more of my ever growing "to read" stack) take a crack at Mr. Lerner's other novel.