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Quinn's Book by William  Kennedy
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Nov 30, 2011

it was amazing
Read from November 30 to December 12, 2011

Quinn's book may not be the very best among the Albany novels, but Kennedy's work is so vastly superior to that of most American authors that it scarcely matters (he pales in comparison only to himself). Quinn's book is nonetheless a marvel, a great, violent, blood spattered epic poem that continues Kennedy's quest to tell the history of this country through the crucible of New York (and the vastly differing immigrant experience of the Irish and the Dutch in this case). The whole of this work is greater than the sum of its parts and far outstrips previous epic tales such as John Dos Passos' series, and it should be required reading for any serious fan of literature who desires a richer understanding of the American experience.

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