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The Great American Novelist - Jonathan Franzen and his latest novel, Purity

I discovered Franzen when I read Freedom at University. I have been hooked ever since.

Franzen is fantastic. There are many who will disagree with me, many who think he’s a bore and others who think he’s downright offensive. 457 more words


The Turmoil, by Booth Tarkington

The Turmoil, set in the early 20th century, was the first novel written in Booth Tarkington’s Growth trilogy, though the events depicted in it are not chronologically first, from what I understand (not yet having read the other two books of the trilogy). 1,287 more words


Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg

I normally set myself a goal of about 52 books for the year, although if I don’t meet it, it won’t be the end of the world. 704 more words


Neither Uncanny Nor Fantastic

Is it too soon for spoilers?

L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904)

I’m unclear how many of the Oz books I’ve read, but I was bought this for Newtonmas something like thirty years ago and I did read this. 498 more words

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Until You Find the Key to Your Life

L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

There was a documentary on BBC Radio 4 over Christmas about Alice — a couple of books to which I sometimes have an allergic reaction — that said something along the lines of the Alice books became popular in the 1960s in America because the US had had no fantasy aside from the Oz books. 458 more words

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Lauren Groff: Fates and Furies

Lauren Groff’s novel Fates and Furies is one of this year’s most popular books. Shortlisted for the National Book Awards and featured on several lists of notable books from 2015, it has won a lot of praise since its release in September. 376 more words


A way with words

Buddy Winkler was a preacher who needed a regular pulpit the way a toilet needed a regular flush. — Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All… 41 more words