Far from seeming unfinished or unedited, the somewhat stream-of-consciousness style establishes a humorous and self-deprecating tone that makes the reader instantly like the applicant.
More than anything else, it is this writing style that elevates what could have been a fairly superficial statement of personal growth into a truly informative story that showcases the author’s personality.
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Home is neither arrival nor departure, neither America nor China.
Home is the in-between, the cusp of transition – that is where I feel most content.
As I read, it is as if the tempest of my thoughts is spelled out on paper.
The overflowing sense of hyper-reality in Tim O’Brien’s words of warfare spills into my world.
I’m still skeptical about the “Most Original” award.
In the context of an award ceremony, it’s still just a meaningless consolation prize.