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You Can't Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe
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May 19, 2008

it was amazing
Read in September, 2008

Thomas Wolfe (NOT TOM WOLFE!) is from Asheville, NC. I was in Asheville when I bought this book, and it was later that day...still in Asheville...that I got appendicitis. So I have that association.

Anyway, I started reading this book while recovering and just now finished...that was around May 15th I guess, and its now September 4rd, so that's roughly 110 days...and the book is 704 pages so that's almost 7 pages a day. Hm.

My point is, this is a long, long book but I've never read so feverishly, wanting to have more of the...landscape be revealed to me. Its a complex scene he weaves, of growing...of learning...of feeling and expressing feeling, and also of being critical of what one sees...its about America, what it is and isn't, and what we ought to believe it can be. Its about honesty, vision, perception, and courage.

Its hard to say. Its really, really, good. The language feels complete, you feel like he paints everything there is...Proustian in that sense, but also Emersonian...

Maybe its too soon to say any more, but this book comes highly recommended!
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Kirk I read this after finishing Look Homeward Angel right after college. Later I visited Wolfe's boyhood home in Asheville.

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