The Unchangeable Spots of the Leopard

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma
The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma

This books was a nice surprise. Beautifully written, energetic, intelligent, humane, thoughtful.

I’m in a good mood so I’m not going to say anything bad…

But if I were going to say something critical, I would only mention that the author’s/narrator’s relentless quest for his sense of self and his identity feels very late-twenties, thirty-something. And very egocentric.

Despite that tiny, persistent annoyance, the book is entirely enjoyable – a small masterpiece of a first novel. The writing is stupendous, although self-consciously rambunctious. I look forward to future novels by Jansma and hope to be dazzled again, but perhaps less pyrotechnically.

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