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Terry Terry said: "Was surprised to learn that Mr. Gibbon was a leading figure in the British Age of Enlightenment. He received much obloquy in his time from the Church of England and other clerics. The fall of Rome is intimately connected with the rise of Christianity...more "

 
The Rainbow Stories
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Terry Terry said: "The first long piece in the book is a long piece on San Francisco skinheads. Only Vollmann could hold my interest in such folks. "

 
Expelled from Ede...
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Terry Terry said: "No other author is quite like Vollmann. The publicity photo features the pimply young man/writer holding a .380 Baretta to his head in 1985.

His profile of the Afghan Taliban in November 2000 for the The New Yorker contains the uncanny predictive sta...more
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"The Gambler is the best novella I've ever read, bar none. Dostoevsky must have written it in a fever, being no mean gambler himself. Besides conveying...more "
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The History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
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Was surprised to learn that Mr. Gibbon was a leading figure in the British Age of Enlightenment. He received much obloquy in his time from the Church of England and other clerics. The fall of Rome is intimately connected with the rise of Christianity...more
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"The best place to start is Expelled from Eden--a William T. Vollmann Reader. The first page contains the infamous 1985 photo of a sulky young Vollmann...more "
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The Rainbow Stories by William T. Vollmann
The Rainbow Stories
by William T. Vollmann
read in January, 2008
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The first long piece in the book is a long piece on San Francisco skinheads. Only Vollmann could hold my interest in such folks.
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Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson
Tree of Smoke
by Denis Johnson
recommended for: anyone
read in January, 2008
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Nothing like Johnson's other work, which is excellent in that Johnson is always willing to try new things. Although the book is arranged chronologically, I quickly became lost in the thicket of events and American and Vietnamese characters. At times,...more
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Rising Up and Rising Down  by William T. Vollmann
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This, the unabridged version of the seven volume work, was daunting enough. Vollmann explores violence and violent uprising through modern history. Some he witnessed himself (Sarajevo, Afghanistan, Jamaica), others he views through the lens of histor...more
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The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova by Giacomo Casanova
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I came to this looking for a quotation. This is not the edition I am reading, as mine appears to run much longer. I admit to being totally taken in by the author's charming and humble preface to his own work. I look forward to reading this on vacatio...more
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Stormy Weather by Carl Hiaasen
Stormy Weather
by Carl Hiaasen
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read in January, 2007
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In this book, Hiaasen achieves a nice feat. He blends a modern noir with patches of dark hilarity, like the Coen Brother's Fargo. This is a tale of grifters ranging through post-hurricane-Andrew Florida, ripping off victims who have just been through...more
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