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Fiction, Story Collections

It is a world of true revolutionary fervor and desperation in this country that McGrath recreates in the short space of sixty-one pages, as well as visceral and ideological animosity—the kind people are willing to kill and die for—towards the English masters, a time when Americans (that is, North Americans, or estadounidenses) were treated with the same brand of disdain that the European descendants in this country tend to reserve now, for example, for Latin Americans.

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Fiction, Story Collections

Bowles’ dismal view of both human nature and human prospects imbues each of the seventeen short stories in The Delicate Prey. There is no relief or escape from this gloomy attitude. And yet a writer like myself literally feeds off this work.

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Literary Criticism, Memoirs

Choukri combines his forthright, unrepentant and keen observational talents with privileged first and second-hand access to three literary legends, all of whom responded to his curiosity and his questioning with sometimes welcome and revealing candor. And practically everything Choukri has to say about these writers—as well as himself—is worth noting.

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Fiction

Robert Stone’s Outerbridge Reach is a magnificent book.  And magnificent—with its roots in magnus, great, and facere, to make—is just the right word, le mot juste. This novel is large and ambitious and although there is a point in the story at which the tension—that tautness in the long line that has been pulling the reader along from the very beginning—slackens a bit, and the reader is asked to accept one single almost cliché but largely inevitable development in the narrative, the story is otherwise almost flawless. The first thing that impressedSEE DETAILS

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Fiction

Since I first started reading 1Q84 I’ve been trying to precisely determine what it might be in Murakami’s prose that makes him such a popular—and highly regarded—writer.  The words ‘ease’ and finally ‘casual’ kept coming to me:  his prose has an almost—but not quite—chatty feel to it, because it is so casual and in many ways so effortless to read.  Everything that is stated is stated frankly and directly, there is no nuance and little suggestion.  Even when characters meet and talk to each other they understand exactly what theSEE DETAILS

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