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Falconer by John Cheever
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May 02, 09

bookshelves: fiction-read

Some gorgeous prose, unsurprisingly -- maybe more gorgeous than Cheever's early work, since his use of a heroin addict for a protagonist gives the author greater license to indulge in gorgeous-prose passages. However, the fact remains that there's an uncomfortable elitist feel to the whole conceit on which the novel's based. Excellently humane without being remotely sentimental. Mercifully lean.

On my old copy of the book there's a quote from Saul Bellow calling the book "indispensable, if you earnestly desire what is happening to the human soul in the U.S.A." or something. Bellow's on the right track, but I think his own books are far better for that.
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