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The Fifty-Year Sword by Mark Z. Danielewski

By December 7, 2012

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In the traditional ambitious fashion of Mark Z. Danielewski, The Fifty-Year Sword is a textual anomaly: written for five voices, the story crumbles down the page in a series of fragmented quotations. Each quotation mark is color-coded to indicate which of five orphans is speaking, a visual feat that is far more pleasing to the eyes than ears. An elegiac ghost story about a mythical sword, The Fifty-Year Sword reads like a Greek chorus around a campfire and is as puzzling as it is enchanting.

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