Wednesday, December 21, 2016

#56: Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra

Multiple Choice is a slender, playful work from Chilean writer Alejandro Zambra that takes the shape of a standardized test, with multiple choice questions and "Reader Comprehension" sections; but this gimmick is only the book's surface.

One could easily read this in one session, but for readers who take more time, Multiple Choice plumbs greater depths. Zambra reflects on everything from Chile's tormented history to the trials and tribulations of relationships and family life.

At first glance Multiple Choice looks pretty light, but Zambra is a sophisticated writer, gently steering from humor to pathos to other emotions.  Recommended for fans of offbeat literary fiction.

I checked this out from the Morrisson-Reeves Public Library in Richmond, Indiana and read it quickly.

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