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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 14, 2011
Some other reviewers, both on Amazon and elsewhere, have had some critical comments about the plot. Reading Hotel Angeline, I am struck not so much by the plot but by the process. This book is the product of a live, on-stage, writing event. Imagine you are on a camping trip not with your scout troop but with some of the best authors writing in the Northwest today. Then imagine one of them starts the story...and off it goes.
Hotel Angeline is fascinating because of how it was written. It is raw creativity and instant plot formulation. It really brings to the forefront of the reading experience exactly what it means to read a book written by someone else. The oddities of the plot make that even more clear--by focusing on the process rather than the product more about the concept of writing and sharing stories comes through.
I recommend this book to anyone who is thoughtful about reading, literacy, and the creative process. As Garth Stein says in the foreword to Hotel Angeline:
"So I hope that you will take our novel as a provocation on multiple levels. First, as a story, of course. But also, as a provocation to think about what makes a community a great place to live. Conversation and dialogue are central to our society. Give and take, listening, speaking, thinking, hearing, adapting, understanding, evolving. The act of writing a book--which necessitates that that book be read to be valid--is the epitome of conversation, and so stands at the center of our communities." (Stein, 2011)