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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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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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    Related: "What's the message?" (also anything...

    Related: "What's the message?" (also anything about dog whistling) = "Thought criminals are guilty if we say they are."
  20. Brilliant review, Tony. Thanks.

    Brilliant review, Tony. Thanks.
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    Yes, me too, but don't get your hopes up with...

    Yes, me too, but don't get your hopes up with this crowd. Come on, Wifflingpin, I know your reading this. And what happened with Aunty? She doesn't like us anymore? Wait a minute, I just got a...
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    It's nice, Cacian. I like that you are varying...

    It's nice, Cacian. I like that you are varying the rhyme more now and using some internal rhyme. It's always fun to read one of your poems. :)
  23. So's your school debt. ;-)

    So's your school debt. ;-)
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    A Spanish-speaking magician vowed to make himself...

    A Spanish-speaking magician vowed to make himself disappear on the count of three.

    "UNO!" he cried.

    "DOS!"

    And then he vanished without a tres.
  25. Why apodoctic?

    Why apodoctic?
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