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Cion, conclusion

*See the 2 previous posts also for reviews of Cion.

By far and without a doubt this is the strangest story with the most strangest characters I have EVER read!!!!!  And that is saying something since I’m a huge fan of Zadie Smith, Gayle Jones, and Toni Morrison.  I guess Cion would fall under magic realism. 

It did take me over half way through the book before I was able to really relax into the unfolding of events and just allow the story to tell its tale without making judgements about the characters and the writing itself.  I found the writing disjointed.  One technical aspect that was appealing was the way Toloki, the central character, addresses the reader directly in spots and refers to Mda’s other book, Ways of Dying, in which Toloki is also the central character. 

Another line that I loved is when Toloki says to Orpah “you are a fabric poet” in reference to her drawings for art quilts.  I’m entertaining using the description on my business cards…Karen Davis, Fabric Poet.  Of course no one would have a clue about what that really is, but I sure do love the idea.

The next book in the challenge will be Mda’s Ways of Dying.


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