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Ozick's Linguistic Economics

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The power and precision of Cynthia Ozick?s words supercharge their haunting effect. They make you stop and think and then reread. It?s not easy to read to begin with (atrocities are never easy), but Ozick?s language is so compact and rich and evocative that she draws you in like a deep sea diver draws in a long breath. You won?t exhale until you?ve reached the end (which can be reached in just under an hour; it?s a novella after all).

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