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Original Essays | September 18, 2014

Lin Enger: IMG Knowing vs. Knowing

On a hot July evening years ago, my Toyota Tercel overheated on a flat stretch of highway north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A steam geyser shot up from... Continue »
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    The High Divide

    Lin Enger 9781616203757


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Flann O'Brien: The Complete Novels (Everyman's Library) by Flann O'Brien
Flann O'Brien: The Complete Novels (Everyman's Library)

Patrick Day, February 16, 2008

Flann O'Brien's prose is more accessible than that of Joyce and Beckett (and funnier, I dare say), which is not to say that it is less masterful. O'Brien seems to be the forgotten Irish novelist, and I'm glad that a friend recommended him. This collection from Everyman's Library is both affordable and attractive.
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Exit Ghost by Philip Roth
Exit Ghost

Patrick Day, September 19, 2007

Sure, the chance encounters of Nathan Zuckerman, returned to NYC after a decade of reclusion in the Berkshires, would seem contrived, but these are the kinds of things that happen all too often in spite of their improbability. Roth has his erstwhile narrator and his other characters muse on a variety of subjects--the ubiquity of cellphones, the debacle of George W. Bush, the literary canon, our prurient interest in public figures, physical and mental decline, and ultimately, death. Fearless, hilarious, and sad--vintage Roth.
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The Lay of the Land: A Novel by Richard Ford

Patrick Day, November 5, 2006

Frank Bascombe returns, and his musings on love, death, illness, politics, and family life are at turns both heartbreaking and hilarious. I had forgotten what a great sense of humor Ford has, and despite the seriousness of the subjects that his protagonist reflects upon, his take on life is very often laugh-out-loud funny. Ford is one of our finest writers, a master of language both erudite and colloquial, and no other writer describes the American experience as well as he.
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