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Wit and wordplay

Adverbs

Title: Adverbs
By: Daniel Handler

Handler is the alter ego of children’s author Lemony Snicket. He calls Adverbs a novel, but it reads like a collection of short stories. The book is full of wit and wordplay about how love is experienced. This is reflected in the chapter titles: Soundly; Briefly; Naturally, etc. There are recurring characters and themes throughout the book. I found myself creating a chart to keep track of them: volcanoes, magpies, people named Andrea or Steve. Many chapters are set in and around San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest. Handler doesn’t take himself too seriously, and as long as you don’t, either, you will enjoy this book.

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Posted by Logophile on June 16, 2014 at 10:17 a.m.
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