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The Floating Opera and The End of the Road by John Barth
John Barth's first novel will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary of publication in 2006 Should this almost 50 year-old book, whose protagonist was born in 1900, still be read in the 21st century, by people who may not have even been alive when Barth wrote it? Emphatically, positively, yes!
The Floating Opera serves as an excellent introduction to the body of work of one of the 20th century's greatest writers (time will tell), and also stands on its own as an engrossing, amusing, thought-provoking tale. It establishes many of Barth's common themes and settings: the flawed, cynical (yet also fun-loving) protagonist; impossible quests; the absurdities of society's structures and laws;… Read more
Wall Street Meat: My Narrow Escape from the Stock &hellip by Andy Kessler
Andy Kessler's "Wall Street Meat" is a breeze of a read: an often funny (sometimes hilarious) series of anecdotes that combine to provide an insightful, critical look at the workings of Wall Street and the technology capital markets of the 1990s.
Kessler recounts his days on Wall Street, starting as fresh-scrubbed engineer who stumbles onto the Street almost by accident, to his departure and subsequent career investing in and writing about technology from Silicon Valley. He had the good fortune to learn the ropes from an old school traditionalist, which allowed him both to be successful in the old fashioned sense (achieving a top analyst ranking, as determined by clients) and to… Read more
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
For those who, like myself, left a small city much like the fictional Empire Falls, Maine, to seek a better life in a larger metropolitan area, and also to escape from the small-town thinking that limits human potential, Richard Russo's Empire Falls presents an interesting counter study: what is life like, today, in the old hometown?
The main strengths of Empire Falls lie in its character portraits (Miles' father Max in particular has an interesting outlook on life), and the description of the social structure of a small American city in decline. Russo does an excellent job showing how people's place within the social structure gets established and enforced, and how people often get… Read more