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Quinn's Book (The Albany Cycle #4)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  314 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Quinn's Book tells the story of Daniel Quinn, of his adventure-filled search for true love and the answer to the riddle of his own fate.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 6th 1989 by Penguin Books (first published 1988)
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Jun 25, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've now read all 6 of Kennedy's Albany novels and declare him one of America's top 5 novelists of all time. Quinn's Book, Legs, Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, Ironweed, Very Old Bones, and The Flaming Corsage comprise a set of vivid, violent, and voluptuous stories that capture a time and place every bit as effectively - and stimulatingly - as Faulkner's legendary and slightly superior tales of Yoknapatawpha County. His experimenting with magical realism doesn't go too far astray and his paintin ...more
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Feb 23, 2012 Krizia Anna rated it really liked it
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"Quinn's Book" reminds me of Isabelle Allende's "House of the Spirits". Kennedy uses magic realism in his novel but it was more historical, more realism than magic. Just the right amount of magic for me. It was full of unforgettable characters that you would definitely love and I bet not relate too. The summary at the back was not wrong in saying that this book has full of Darwinian characters. I love love Daniel Quinn and I love how his love for Maud evolves. This is definitely a great love sto ...more
Mar 26, 2016 Riley rated it really liked it
This book represents a big departure stylistically from William Kennedy's Albany Trilogy, though of course that city remains inextricably tied to the story. There were occult elements to this novel that were a little off-putting to me, but I'd class it as a good example of historical novel writing that is comedic, dark and almost winking at modern sensibilities. To me, the classic of the genre is John Barth's The Sot-Weed Factor.
Mar 01, 2013 Katon rated it it was amazing
The first of william kennedy's masterpiece i have ever encountered, and i loved it a lot!
The story was clever, humorous, mystical, a bit silly sometimes, but nevertheless captivating. I definitely love the whole magical realism that was combined with love story and adventure. Daniel Quinn himself is a quite character, simply became the most standout personality inside the book.
Initially i thought it was quite a weird story that i found mostly rather comical. I mean, resurrected from death by s
David Guy
Nov 26, 2011 David Guy rated it really liked it
Quinn's Book is the last of the Albany novels I hadn't read, before the new one that just came out. My impression is that it came after Ironweed. It is an odd addition to the corpus, a kind of 19th century novel (in tone and diction) which nevertheless included elements of magic realism, including a scene early in the novel in which a woman who has died is brought back to life by an act of sexual intercourse. A writer who begins a novel that way has a lot of nerve and confidence in his abilities ...more
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William Joseph Kennedy is an American writer and journalist born and raised in Albany, New York. Many of his novels feature the interaction of members of the fictional Irish-American Phelan family, and make use of incidents of Albany's history and the supernatural. Kennedy's works include The Ink Truck (1969), Legs (1975), Billy Phelan's Greatest Game (1978), Ironweed (1983, winner of 1984 Pulitze ...more
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