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Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow
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Sep 21, 09

My Lord this was awful. I thought his previous book, THE MARCH, was as bad as it could get: that was the Civil War meets Disney--a feel good version of a bloodthirsty moment in American history. The notion that anything cuddly could be said about Sherman's March is just too implausible. Not that I don't appreciate what Sherman did. He gave the South what it deserved. But Disneyfying it was just dumb. But that book, at least, was a little interesting. This thing was so unoriginal and inane it boggles the mind. In the first fifty pages, we have a young teen who loses his innocence when he spies adults watching porn, that same young teen who loses BOTH of his parents to the 1918 flu (gee, that's original), and eventually that young teen having an affair with his immigrant housekeeper. Can it get any less original, less inspired?
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message 1: by Antti (new)

Antti Uh oh.. I've been a big fan of E.L.'s for years. I consider Ragtime and The Book of Daniel to be among the best books I've read. I guess I've been unconsciously avoiding his later works. In fact I tend to avoid latest works by anyone I adore, be it Woody Allen or QOTSA.. Homer&Langley's premise didn't impress me, so I trust your review. Damn!

message 2: by Erik (new) - rated it 1 star

Erik Simon Antti, I have long thought THE BOOK OF DANIEL a great American novel, and I'm sorry it doesn't get more accolades than it does. I liked BILLY BATHGATE, RAGTIME, a whole host of them. But this one--think E.L. is running out of juice.

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