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The Art of Fictio...
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recommended for: fiction writers with more patience or discipline or time than me
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Journeys Out of the Body by Robert A. Monroe
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James and 14 other people liked Ben Loory's review of The Savage Detectives:
The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
"like stumbling through a vast desert of boredom and finding some neat-looking rocks every now and then."
James and 25 other people liked Lesley Hazleton's review of Harlot's Ghost:
Harlot's Ghost by Norman Mailer
"Mailer, check.
Too long, check.
Creaky structure, check.
Weird pseudo-psycho theorizing, check.
Obsession with buggery, check.
Tin ear for female characters, check.
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Yes, brilliant. Mailer's CIA novel, through to the Bay of Pigs, Cuban m..." Read more of this review »
James and 4 other people liked Ben Loory's review of The Fight:
The Fight by Norman Mailer
"exhilarating and damn near perfect. less about the fight (though very much about the fight) than about mailer's own crazy-making demons. builds to an absolutely thrilling climax and ends quietly and beautifully with an earned sense of peace. the f..." Read more of this review »
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Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
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I finally read Madame Bovary. It's great.
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An American Dream by Norman Mailer
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This is where it's at. Just finished reading this again...the smells. The awfulness. The joy. Highly recommend.
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