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Patchett Update

March 2, 2008

assistant.jpgI’ve blogged about Anne Patchett and recently I got around to The Magician’s Assistant (I’ve read her books completely out of order). There are some who think “Assistant” is Patchett’s best effort. I enjoyed it, but I am not among them. I just didn’t enjoy the characters as much as, say, those in Run. Sabine was well fleshed out and Dot was pretty funny. But I didn’t especially like either of the sisters or the dream sequences. The story was inventive but didn’t blow me away. If I had to rank the three: “Run,” “Assistant,” Bel Canto. I know many who would invert that ordering. So maybe I am weird. I am OK with this fact. And so is my dog.