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Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
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Aug 17, 2007

Recommended for: lovers of literature
Read in January, 1961

I was about 17 when I first read this book, and the exquisitely written story of a young man's self-discovery at the beginning of the last century made a lasting impression on me. So when a road trip took me through Asheville NC two years ago, a stop at the Thomas Wolfe house was a must, as was buying a new copy of Look Homeward Angel. I still haven't finished it, though each time I open it I am struck once again by the beautiful language. But all these years later, I am also aware that the language is often overdone and outdated, and terribly bothered by the fact that Wolfe's observations are often racist. I can only read a bit at a time, and I am not sure that I will ever finish it this second time, though it sits on my table, waiting.
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