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    Zuckerman is unconvincing as the narrator of...

    Zuckerman is unconvincing as the narrator of American Pastoral. He could not possibly have known the intimate details of the story he tells--and does he even tell it? He is barely a presence after...
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    I have a zany idea about the Nephilim, a...

    I have a zany idea about the Nephilim, a surprisingly materialist-reductionist one for me. Well, not reductionist. The Nephilim can still do their thing in mythology and theology. But like you I find...
  3. I get the feeling that in Thackeray's mind Becky...

    I get the feeling that in Thackeray's mind Becky probably did kill Jos. I'm not sure he was teasing his readers as much as trying to be discreet--in the way, for example, that Dickens never quite...
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    The retreat is well advised. July's a pretty...

    The retreat is well advised. July's a pretty rough time to be anywhere near "the Rock." I'm impressed you're there at all, but I suppose an old empire man must know how to shrug off the heat. Happy...
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    "I gotta go to the toilet," Al Pacino confessed...

    "I gotta go to the toilet," Al Pacino confessed with affected awkwardness. "Is that all right?"

    "Ya gotta go, ya gotta go," some extra chipped back.

    The old Godfather leaned forward. "Mista...
  6. Ah, Taichung's a great town, but try to keep...

    Ah, Taichung's a great town, but try to keep clear of the betal nut girls. And don't worry about your purpose too much. You've been living your purpose all these years whether you knew it or not....
  7. No, I never heard of the books until now. They...

    No, I never heard of the books until now. They sound like fun. You could ask the same question about Becky Sharp (was she a murderer, I mean). Does Sutherland mention her case?
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    American Pastoral by Philip Roth

    American Pastoral by Philip Roth:
    A Review by Pompey Bum

    Philip Roth's American Pastoral, which won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for literature, is the first in a trilogy of thematically linked novels...
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    :lol: That is BRILLIANT, tailor! I love anagrams,...

    :lol: That is BRILLIANT, tailor! I love anagrams, but anagram haikus are a new one on me. Well done!

    PS Good on you, too, kev. Remember forever and look for me there. I'll be the one in the bunny...
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    Not bad, M. Please don't take this the wrong way,...

    Not bad, M. Please don't take this the wrong way, but I notice your prose is becoming smoother and more natural sounding lately. Clearly your time with the horseman has done you good. :) I'll leave...
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    Psssst, Ennison, Pam = Person above me.

    Psssst, Ennison, Pam = Person above me.
  12. No, of course not. The capital of Ireland is...

    No, of course not. The capital of Ireland is Boston, Massachusetts, where I come from. Open your window and yell KEVIN! here and you'll cause a stampede.
  13. Welcome English Kev. There is a kev67 here who is...

    Welcome English Kev. There is a kev67 here who is also English, but hopefully nobody will mix you two up. It's very nice to have you with us.
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    Pam jumps up and down enthusiastically while...

    Pam jumps up and down enthusiastically while licking his chihuahua's face.
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    Yes, I noticed the closeness with Wilde, too, but...

    Yes, I noticed the closeness with Wilde, too, but I didn't want you to get a big head. :-D Just kidding. I thought of The Selfish Giant, too, of course (and even Tolstoy, in a way). The idea of a...
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    MAGNIFICENT, Ecurb. Worthy of Hans Christian...

    MAGNIFICENT, Ecurb. Worthy of Hans Christian Andersen. By far the best thing I have seen on this site.
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    Oh, I'm looking forward to reading it, Ecurb....

    Oh, I'm looking forward to reading it, Ecurb. Writing for family members is an overlooked--genre? My father and I exchange our book reviews over email and all my writing is destined for my nephews...
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    My wife edits my material. She's not a native...

    My wife edits my material. She's not a native English speaker but she publishes in her field--in HIGHLY technological prose, though, so we have many aesthetic quibbles. But at least she catches my...
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    Yes, it sounds very sweet and a good way to...

    Yes, it sounds very sweet and a good way to combine culturally meaningful material with things kids like. Everyone wants to be J. K. Rowling these days--just doing the same thing over and over again....
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    I think it is a wonderful thing to write for...

    I think it is a wonderful thing to write for family members--although also a miracle that a parent would have the energy for it! :) If you don't mind my asking, do you improvise stories? Or maybe...
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    Sticky: Welcome to the site, CG. Nice to have you with...

    Welcome to the site, CG. Nice to have you with us. :)
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    I know what you're saying, but it probably just...

    I know what you're saying, but it probably just means that the slur (which was used more than 200 times in the book) wasn't especially unusual. But Huck's 'All right then, I'll GO to hell' would have...
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    Congratulations to both of you. A good marriage...

    Congratulations to both of you. A good marriage is a mighty fortress.
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    Sticky: Monty Python's Spam, Spam, Spam?

    Monty Python's Spam, Spam, Spam?
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    Not an Apology for Huckleberry Finn

    Not an Apology for Huckleberry Finn

    PERSONS attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find...
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