Saturday, January 29, 2011

Half Broke Horses...and Another Thing...

From a writer's perspective, this book should be read with a mind for voice. The first-person narrative of Lily maintains a distinctive voice, as do the other characters. Think high-fallutin', old west, cowboy drawl as opposed to southern drawl. Walls pulls it off well, and it can't have been easy. That is, she pulls it off in her writing. Walls also narrates the audio version of the book, and in the spoken medium, she doesn't demonstrate the same prowess. The publishers of the audio version would have done better to have hired a professional narrator with a talent for liltin' and truncatin' words.

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