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"It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away." —Bee Gees

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

Swamplandia! - Karen Russell

This is a generally bizarre book about a family who runs a gator-wrestling island theme park and seems to overestimate the fame and grandeur of said park, which is becoming bankrupt. Alligators, vultures, ghosts and humans populate this novel, and I'm never sure whether the ghost part is supposed to be real or not. I wonder if this can be classified as magical realism because that's what it felt to me.

I like the author's unique writing style, such as using nouns as verbs, but while reading I kept thinking to myself, "I don't really want to know about this topic..." The book was darkly funny at times but mostly bizarre and often disturbing, and only mildly interesting. 2.5 stars.