10:04 : A NOVEL

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>> “10:04: A Novel,” written by Ben Lerner, is by far one of the most complicated books I have ever read. The narrator, also referred to as “The Author,”  has had several life-changing experiences throughout the past year, including enjoying the unlikely benefits of being a literary success, being diagnosed with a disease that could end up killing him and being asked by his best friend to help her conceive a child. The narrator must deal with all of these elements in New York City, a city that is a center of social unrest and home to frequent superstorms. In the end, the narrator is trying to show what it is like to be alive now and how thinking about what the future may bring can change the relationships we have now, as well as in the future. I found this book difficult to follow, because the narrator in the story switches what he is thinking about every other page. But if you like books that really make you think and are organized in a scattered manner, then this book is definitely for you.


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