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Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
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Reading this book was an incredible experience. Cormac McCarthy has created a world for Suttree to live in that is at once believable and phantasmagoric. Considering this, the work is all the more unsettling and the reading of it all the more rivetin...more
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Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy
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Haunting, terrifying, stunning, breathtaking, moving: One requires a dictionary of superlatives to properly describe this book. Within my limited scope of experience, there is not a living author who compares with Cormac McCarthy. As a writer, he is...more
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Granite and Rainbow by Mitchell Alexander Leaska
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This is an extremely insightful book on the life of Mrs. Woolf. It offers a detailed anaylsis of her personality, supported by extensive references to her works. I must admit to being deeply moved by the conclusion of the book; the presentation of Mr...more
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The Haunted Life by Jack Kerouac
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Any new Kerouac is cause for celebration. Reading this unfinished novella from 1944, one meets again the young Jack, trying to determine the kind of writer he will be. In a diary entry from 09/03/45, indicating that someone had asked him what he was...more
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Ordinary People by Judith Guest
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When I began reading this book, I was not certain I was going to like it. This feeling continued to shadow the pages, even as continued reading provided a sense of something rather special developing. Ultimately, this is a book one must read in its e...more
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"Ooops! Wrong Tom Robbin's book. That quote is from "Another Roadside Attraction". Yikes, my brain! "
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Virginia Woolf by Lyndall Gordon
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In reading this luminous biography of Virginia Woolf, one learns much about the extraordinary interplay between her life and her work, which, by and large are the same thing. One might say there are actually two biographies here, one of Mrs. Woolf an...more
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The Measure of Life by Herbert Marder
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This is a masterful account of the final ten years in the life of Virginia Woolf. The scholarship is impeccable; the insights into the life and work of Mrs. Woolf are quietly profound and deeply informative. Considering the mass of the exegetic work...more
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American Homer Reflections On Shelby Foote And His Classic Th... by Jon Meacham
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...a nice little extra to accompany my edition of Shelby Foote's great narrative. The essays are interesting, and the excerpts from the correspondence of Shelby Foote and Walker Percy even better.
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The Civil War by Shelby Foote
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In finishing this book, I have completed one of the great reading experiences of my life to date. As in the previous two volumes, Shelby Foote's ability to render a general yet hugely informative history of the Civil War is simply astounding. On a pa...more
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