In America: A Novel
by Susan Sontag
Paperback- $15.51

In America is a kaleidoscopic portrait of America on the cusp of modernity. As she did in her enormously popular novel The Volcano Lover, ...

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  "Polish immigrant recreates life just like her old one" by kfoulks (see profile) 10/27/08

This book was pretty lame. First off, i read over 15 pages before i could figure out what time and place the book took place. I know that sometimes that can be cool (like Rebecca.. how we never know the main character's name), but i was a little confused. Also, the whole first chapter was written from the point of view of a person whom we never know, and never appears again. The characters are named by this person, as we're told, MADE UP NAMES, and then we just have to go with that. Very strange.
Leading up to the spoiled actresses' emmigration from Poland to America, I found myself not caring a thing about the self absorbed actress or her blind followers. I enjoyed the story of the trip abroad, and even liked most of the story of the Poles making a go of a farming commune in California. After that, I couldn't care less.... she returned to acting and was a huge success. BORING! (I only read it because it won the National Book Award, and those are usually so wonderful!)

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