The Dewey Decimal System of Love

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Friday, October 07, 2005
by Josephine Carr #34

I picked this one up browsing in the library. I have to say, I wasn't sure about it at first. I thought after my overreaction to The Last Detective that maybe I was just broken and no longer able to enjoy the written word; that maybe I should just hit myself on the head with a rock and be done with it all. Goodbye, cruel world! Fortunately I was too lazy to go find a rock big enough to do the job quickly, so I kept reading.
The thing that bugged me the most initially (the imperious, bizarro first person narrator) turned out to be the thing I loved the most! She was completely unreliable, but she knew it (eventually). The character valued order and logic, which makes sense for a librarian, but fell victim to the irrationality of love. Not even love at first - just that insane rush of attraction that can make a person do strange things. I thought that the author did a great job showing how the character was changing without putting a blinking arrow on things. It sounds like that should be a gimme, but it is *hard* to do with a first person narrator. Anyway - I would recommend it. If you do check it out, be sure to give it a chance. It's a grower.
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