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Desperate Characters by Paula Fox
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Jul 03, 11

Read from July 02 to 03, 2011

One of the best novels I've read in years. If you get your hands on the latest edition, do not read Jonathan Franzen's introduction first. It contains many spoilers. Franzen is a competent novelist--no more than that--but here he comes on as the pompous English teacher. Paula Fox, though, is a great discovery, one of those so good that you feel embarrassed about having lived so long in ignorance of her work.

Curious biological fact, or maybe not: Fox's illegitimate daughter is Courtney Love's mother.

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message 1: by Ivan (new)

Ivan Goldman Thanks for the tip. Will check it out.

message 2: by Ivan (new)

Ivan Goldman After 50 pages I couldn't help noticing that all the characters were humorless, depressed, neurotic wretches, not terribly kind either. In fact, all the characters were the same character. I have to go against you on this one, Bruce.

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