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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Brian Doyle: IMG The Rude Burl of Our Masks



One day when I was 12 years old and setting off on my newspaper route after school my mom said will you stop at the doctor's and pick up something... Continue »
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    Children and Other Wild Animals

    Brian Doyle 9780870717543

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Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser
Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer

Elkton minifarmer, October 23, 2014

Millhauser's prose style reflects the frenetic racing of his central character's mind as Dressler appears to see all and imagine more than any of his cohorts. It seems that this novel captures the far-reaching inventiveness of the energetic generation of builders and shakers of the late 19th century in a way that engages the mind of anyone interested in that period of U.S. history.

While there is much to admire about Dressler, his inability to interpret the interpersonal signals of those around him make him very human. For all his intelligence and imagination, his organizational skills and determination to bring his dreams into reality, he is a flawed character who is far from perfect after all.
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Office of Innocence by Thomas Keneally
Office of Innocence

Elkton minifarmer, August 5, 2012

This is a book that begins slowly but builds to a powerful and surprising conclusion. Dealing as it does with the problems faced by a young, idealistic Catholic priest, it shines a bright light on some of the most troublesome aspects of the faith.

The central character is a likeable person it is easy to relate to. The trials he faces are very relevant to our times even though the book is set in Australia during World War II. The plot is intricate and just when readers think they can predict what will happen next, there is a sudden turn that surprises and leads one on.

An altogether enjoyable reading experience.
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In Other Worlds (11 Edition) by Margaret Atwood
In Other Worlds (11 Edition)

Elkton minifarmer, January 1, 2012

Atwood's exploration of the roots and branches of sci fi and imaginative fiction creates a whole new perspective on this often-reviled form. Her examples, both from her own writing and that of others, are superb. The book makes me want to go out and read or re-read all of the works she cites.
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