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Two Takes on Christopher Miller's
The Cardboard Universe

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Monday, June 29, 2009



In our monthly column, we ask two reviewers to offer their perspective on the same book. The latest entry focuses on Christopher Miller's The Cardboard Universe.


Reviewer Nathan Martin writes:

[The book's] purposeful nerdishness is playfully kitschy when it doesn’t work and endearing when it does. But, beneath the myriad layers of deft quips and sincere wit, it is a story of the sad lives of sad men who barely, if at all, survive to tell their tales. ... [Miller's] outstanding imagination and deftness for creating compelling sentences that approach pitiful people at lighthearted angles make The Cardboard Universe an intricate and enjoyable book.

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And Jessica Herman agrees, in part:

While Miller's out-of-the-box structure provides an interesting hook, the novelty fades over the course of 500-plus pages of failed marriages, suicide attempts and absurd book ideas. ... The book doesn't necessarily provoke as much as it merely entertains. 

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