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A Reader's Manifesto: An Attack on the Growing Pre&hellip by B.R. Myers
3.0 out of 5 stars I'll make up my own mind, July 16 2003
Of the authors to which Mr. Myers specifically refers I have read only Cormac McCarthy's "All the Pretty Horses" (which, by the way I liked). I do, however have on my bookshelf Proulx's "The Shipping News" and the other two of McCarthy's Border Trilogy novels. I will at some point read them all. I will either find them enjoyable and consider the reading experience worthwhile, or not. Whether the critics liked them, or Mr. Myers liked them, won't alter or effect my reaction. My reaction will be whatever it is. If it is negative, part of that reaction will be to take note of which reviewers raved about the books and be more careful about their reviews in the future. I would also likely not be… Read more
Collected Stories of Wallace Stegner by Wallace Stegner
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction, July 5 2003
When people ask who my favorite author is, Wallace Stegner is invariably one of the four or five names I toss out. And often I get the same response... "I've never read any Stegner" or even "I don't know the name". Stegner seems to be one of American literatures best kept secrets.
These stories are an excellent introduction to Stegner, his style, and his ability to write vividly about life. A number of the stories in this collection were eventually incorporated as chapters in three of his novels: "The Big Rock Candy Mountain", "Recapitulation", and "Wolf Wilow".
Herzog by Saul Bellow
Herzog by Saul Bellow
3.0 out of 5 stars A challenging read, May 27 2003
This novel would certainly not qualify as a light read. It requires a quiet setting, no distractions, and your close attention. As is often the case with what I would call "intellectual fiction", the plot is not all that complicated. Moses Herzog, twice divorced, is coming to grips with the dissolution of his second marriage, wherein his wife has taken up with his best friend.
What is complicated is Saul Bellow's trip deep into the psyche of his protagonist. Herzog is on the edge of a mental breakdown, and as one way of working through things he write notes and letters to colleagues, friends, celebrities, etc. Sometimes the notes are written out, and sometimes just done mentally; there… Read more