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Stone Upon Stone by Wieslaw Mysliwski
Stone Upon Stone

Richard, January 18, 2012

A dazzling, bleak and ornery masterpiece of historical imagining, this book makes you feel like God gazing into the hearts and minds of the Polish peasantry from about 1939-1950, mostly trying to recover from the horrors of WW II. Crammed with head-spinning set pieces, rants, and interior monologues, it takes you through the Polish resistance, petty village politics, the intricacies of farming, the wonder of bread, the drunken and sex-filled frenzy of barn dances, and even a priest's doubt about God and the afterlife. Folk wisdom mixes with superstition and inherent human suspicion, covetousness and greed. This is not a sentimental historical epic--more like Faulkner than Michener.
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Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Midnight's Children

Richard, August 16, 2006

Magical realism, Indian style. Rushdie packs in lyricism, intrigue, deception, family history, sectarian animosities, historical sweep and pure farce. An ever-astonishing roller-coaster ride.
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