My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was a brilliantly written novel that exposes how true poverty can affect the human spirit. Though the story jumps around a bit and can be confusing at times, that actually contributes to the tone and atmosphere of the book. It's incredibly poignant yet optimistic, and both raw/real and unreal all at the same time. The characters live on in my heart like the tattoos on the sailors! I didn't want to put this one down, and found it to be an incredible work of art as well as a soul-searching look at poverty, socialism, and how culture is created and scripted no matter where in the world you may live. This is one of the top ten books I have read this year!
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