By Tom Spanbauer
I really don’t even know where to start with this one. Faraway Places is dark and twisted. I mean, we see a man pleasure himself with three Doberman Pinschers. Spanbauer’s style of writing is inspiring. He sets the pace of each scene, and the entire novel so well, and his description is among the best in the business. If you’re a reader, you’ll love it. If you’re a writer, there is a lot to learn from it. Faraway Places is artistic, poetic. No sentence, no line, not even a single word is extra. They all have meaning, and important ones. There is no fluff in this book; every word is straight story, which is what makes it so beautiful.
With this book being just at 100 pages, it packs a punch. Spanbauer writes a beautiful piece of art that is full of so much literary perfection you’ll be wondering if you should read it a second time as soon as you’re done with it just so you can truly appreciate it. This book is all about racism, and it mentions racial slurs a lot. But, that’s the era this book is meant to portray. Spanbauer doesn’t shy away from the racism America used to be, or more importantly is, and instead he exposes it in the most brutal ways possible.
There isn’t much that can be said about this book. You really just have to read it to understand it. It’s short, but exactly as long as it needs to be. When you do read it, be ready.
This book is an easy five out of five stars. The style, the words, the raw power and emotion, it’s nearly unrivaled. If you have already read this one, or after you finish it, please talk to me about it in the comments down below. I would love to hear what you all have to say about it.
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