The Story’s The Thing

 Summertime, by J.M. Coetzee   Before writing this post, I did something I rarely do: I read other reviews of the book. What seems faintly amusing is an apparent mindset by reviewers regarding the relationship of authors to their fictional works. England’s Guardian newspaper wonders if Summertime – a fiction in which Coetzee is the […]

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Envisioning An Apocalyptic Novel

     Gravity’s Rainbow, by Thomas Pynchon – Part 2   If one with Pynchon’s apocalyptic view of western society and his desire to write about it were to devise a novel on the subject, what form would suit his story best? In broadbrush form, it should probably consist of episodic segments using arcane terms, […]

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Of Sex, Death, And Rockets

      Gravity's Rainbow, by Thomas Pynchon – Part 1   Reading has always been meant to be entertaining, and sometimes informative, but I often pick up a book that I hope offers other rewards to this reader. Not that I want to be inundated with printed blather, you understand; it's just that the writer […]

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A Case Of Time And Waiting

     The Museum of Innocence, by Orhan Pamuk   It takes a certain emotional discipline to read European Literature. No, change that – it takes a certain unique discipline to read any literature other than that of these United States. We here in the colonies go for hidden tawdriness, spelled out from page one […]

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