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The Little Book by Selden Edwards
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Aug 14, 09

Read in May, 2009

Time-traveling seems to be "in" these days, and the main character in Selden Edwards's novel is a rock and roll star who finds himself transported to turn-of-the-20th-century Vienna, and embroiled in a series of events that are both preposterous and oddly inevitable. My main gripe, as someone who has read a great deal about fin de siecle Vienna, is that Edwards is rather coy about how he chooses to mix real history with made up history. For example, composer and conductor Gustav Mahler appears as a character in the plot of this work. He is not given another name, though he supposedly does things the"real" Mahler never did. Sigmund Freud likewise plays a crucial part in the plot. Another character is clearly meant to be Ludwig Wittgenstein, but Edwards this time gives him a fake name and makes up significant works he has authored, etc. Considering the point of the novel is how the main character is plunged into history, I wish Edwards would have just gone for it, and used the real names of everyone his plot involves, rather than this mish-mosh of real and fictional characters. Overall, an entertaining trifle.
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