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Swamplandia!Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this novel, from its lush descriptions of the dystopian swamp amusement park industry to the mystical experience of journeying through the deep everglades. At Swamplandia! all the alligators are named Seth. It took me a little while to figure out where Russell was setting her course between absurdity and pathos, but once I did I really started enjoying the book. The descriptions of Kiwi Bigtree’s employment at the World of Darkness, the Walmart of fun factories, were hilarious.

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