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Monday, August 28, 2006

Winkie / Clifford Chase


This is one of the most magical, melancholy, stirring books I've ever read. I'm actually so fond of it, I'm not real sure how good of an actual review I can give. But here goes.

Winkie is a small, stuffed bear. Winkie has consciousness, and a smart, thoughtful nature, and cannot communicate or even move. Part of Winkie's story is the pain and suffering he/she goes through at the hands of the children that love her. Or him. Part of Winkie's story is bearing witness to the incredible thoughtless ways we can hurt those that love us, including the incredible, thoughtless ways parents can hurt their children.

The other half of Winkie's story is his/her capture by U.S. agents and subsequent arrest as a terrorism suspect. For real. I'm not actually giving much away. But parts of Winkie's story take place in prison. The story is a definite satire on our current political climate, but I was most touched by the story's deeper looks at love and suffering.

I can also end with a warning: Winkie made me melancholy and broody for days. But in a good way.


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  • I can't wait to read this!!! I read a review a while ago and then forgot. Thank you.

    By evt1618, at 9:56 PM  

  • This sounds fantastic. I'll look for a copy, and save it for when I'm ready to brood...

    By Anna, at 7:40 PM  

  • It's a quick read, too, but not in a bad way. It's just short with relatively spare writing.

    I had read The Cryptonomicon just before. It was no small transition.

    By lillygog, at 11:32 AM  

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