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Wave of Terror by Theodore Odrach
Wave of Terror

second gary, November 30, 2013

Like Irène Némirovsky's "Suite française," Theodore Odrach's "Wave of Terror" is a mid-century novel which is only now reaching English audiences. Translated from the Ukrainian by his daughter, Erma, "Wave of Terror" is a patient, funny, sad and attentive story of a young teacher setting out to improve a village school in the face of growing Soviet influence, a school near the boundary between the Ukraine and Belarus, in the first years of the second world war. Sweet, and thrilling, and frightening.
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Little Shadows by Marina Endicott
Little Shadows

second gary, September 13, 2013

This is a beautifully researched and realized novel set mostly in the vaudeville circuits of Montana, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba in the years before and during the First World War, a meticulous, gripping and illuminating novel. Endicott follows the struggle of a mother and her three daughters to establish themselves as performers, and to stay out of poverty. A vivid and moving portrait of the backstage and the surrounding worlds.
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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Wolf Hall

second gary, January 5, 2012

What a meticulously imagined picture "Wolf Hall" offers of London and the circles surrounding Henry VIII in the 1520s and 1530s. It is a book full of pleasures, somehow urgent and leisurely at the same time, and rendered through a fascinating voice and protagonist.
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The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald
The Rings of Saturn

second gary, September 30, 2011

In his book on Rossini in Paris in the 1820s, Benjamin Walton recalls that Stendhal suggested once that an ideal emblem for the art, music or literary critic could be found in an anecdote concerning an Italian tour guide, who would mutely indicate with an extended arm where his clients ought to be looking, all the while saying nothing. I think of this when I think of how one reader might suggest "The rings of Saturn" to another. My friend Emily leant me her copy sometime in June 2010: her bookmarks stayed with the book, two ticket stubs showing trips between Philadelphia, New York and Washington. One of my own bookmarks has stayed, too, a boarding pass for a flight from Toronto to Glasgow, from the last week of June 2010. I only read the book this spring; when I first tried it, it didn't catch, although I did recall the scene of generations of fishermen and their huts on the east coast of England. But it would be wrong to say more about the book, as its unexpected qualities... ah... I almost said too much. I did say too much. I am sorry. Let's just go back to that church interior somewhere in, oh, probably Venice, sometime around 1818, stand beside the guide, and point in the direction of "The rings of Saturn."
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The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano
The Savage Detectives

second gary, January 26, 2011

It is an exhilarating read; he makes you feel he can do anything. He does things with pacing and scale which are tremendous.
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