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Mrs Margaret February 20th, 2007 10:28 PM PST

"About Schmidt" is an elegant but comic novel that examines a middle-aged man's frame of mind. I found the absence of quotation marks (the ones that normally represent direct dialogue) an interesting literary tool: sort of like a scrim onstage--the conversation appears to be just a tad blurry and impressionistic, as if it's coming from somewhere else instead of the banal present.

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