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I picked up this book because I was intrigued by the cover. It had a dated look that my wife described as something "that clearly could not be marketed in this day and age, except maybe in an arty McSweeneys type of way." After finishing the book, I can say that it does have a style that harkens to a different era, like maybe some old movie that's very well done, but something about its style leads one away from truly empathizing with the characters. What I loved about the book is its effort a m ...more
A 4.5. This novel does a great deal with very little. It's funny and touching and always surprising. Its only fault, I suppose, is that it gets a little maudlin toward the end, love and all that. It's a continuation of Morley's fascination with the little-known parts of the publishing world; here, it's the story of a sales rep. I seriously considered reprinting it.
An excerpt: (Peke is a dog, by the way.) "Peke's basket, trimmed with a blue satin bow for masculinity, was in the inward corner of the living room, in front of the electric hearth. A pulsating glow among glass nuggets was as pretty as the boreal aurora and equally cold. But it appealed to Peke and soothed his midget irritability. It cast a pleasant shimmer on the blue ribbon and perhaps consoled the futility of his useless maleness. That was his corner, and few of this world's harassed inhabita ...more