15: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
Well, I'm done. I've moved several books beyond my pre-set vacation book limit, I still have several vacation days to go, but I'm out of books (even after a visit to the crappy book chain store) and made a promise.
But what a way to go out. I enjoyed this book so much I just kept putting it down. I wanted to SAVOR it -- it was so lovely, so out-of-the-ordinary, so filled with beauty and so reflective of the art form of writing -- that I just didn't want the story to end.
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, a masterwork by David Wroblewski, shares the tale of Edgar, a child who is born with all of his sense faculties, but who lacks the ability to speak.
As I read it, Wroblewski kept doing this thing that shocked me to the core: he surprised me. Wroblewski is a real literary talent, with beautifully drawn characters and a strong sense of story. But - more than anything - each chapter was filled with real, thoughtful writing -- and I truly never knew what was going to happen next. Look, that doesn't seem to be so important, but it really is. How many times have I been 3/4 of the way through a novel waiting for the author to get to the place I know is waiting in 70 pages.
That just doesn't happen here. What does happen is magical and lovely, though. And I simply didn't want this story to end....
Read it! It's my #1 piece of fiction for the year 2008.