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Review- 10:04 by Ben Lerner

Ben Lerner’s 10:04 is both a metafictional and a philosophical novel closely based (it would seem) on the author’s own life, which is to say that the whole thing sounds like a penance to read.  It isn’t.  It’s a book that by its alertness makes you feel more alert, by its gentle self-mockery makes you take yourself less seriously, and by its New York-centricness makes you look around you.  The plot, if you must know, is about an eventful year in the life of a somewhat young, thoroughly immature novelist who is also a poet in a New York that seems freshly vulnerable to a natural world juiced up by global warming.

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