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Great Mythologies of the World
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The People of Paper Review!

The People of Paper - Salvador Plascencia

It's early in the year, but Salvador Plascencia's The People of Paper has definitely made it on to my top reads of 2014.


This book is amazing! Though not especially plot driven, The People of Paper kept me thoroughly engaged. The writing is absolutely gorgeous and the novel is dispersed with beautiful, surreal images and concepts. 


On a basic level, this is a novel about sadness and the ways that people cope with it. Now, I know that this sounds depressing and kind of boring, but it really isn't! The surrealism adds a ton of beautiful insight into the material. Also, the writing and unique use of format really propels the novel forward. 


The People of Paper also has a really well done metafictive element. I usually don't like metafiction very much because, on average,  I find it more distracting than insightful, but I absolutely loved how it was done in this novel! I don't want to spoil anything so I'm not going to go into detail, but believe me: it's awesome. 


I would recommend this book to anyone who loves well-written and engaging prose, surrealism, or metafiction. It's so good. So good!


Happy Reading!