Terrible, flat characters, fallen story
These books were so full of mad sanity it can be difficult to stay "on the bycycle." Malloy was the easiest for me; he is so hysterically original. But they become more serious as they move along; the characters voices assuming a more bitter maturity. Beckett is a world class poet and I'm out of my depth without larger insights than my own to follow but I loved the adventure and will enjoy listening to them repeatedly for years to come.
The details of Halliburton's activities are so numerous one is inclined to overlook much under the rubric of "over viewed" - the book presents a kind of micro-managed screen through which no human operation could cleanly pass. But details are devilish and those that include such massive profits on the backs of the foreign labor, the overlooked and ignored and covered up rapes, were discouraging in the extreme. I was reminded of Tom Delay in the Marianna Island sweatshops he descibed as "free market in action," when, after a visit in which the real details of financial slavery are overlooked, emerged telling newsreporters "everything is just fine."
Mr. Frazen's is an exceptionally disciplined voice, authentically local in that it renders with such thorough insight the national character of his cast. Nobody writes like this guy, though I sometimes feel he does not care for his characters very much. I understand it was on Obama's reading list, perhaps because of the insightful way in which the author handles opposing political positions. An accomplished work by a realized voice - pretty rare.
This is the work of a biblically learned man with the spiritual maturity of a child - Christian half zeal, half argument. Mr. Sproul has got a little set of "reasons" why faith is the obvious choice in life; why it just makes sense. Perhaps when he has developed a little he will come to understand the active spritual lives of exemplary men and women are fraught with human struggle and misunderstanding and doubt.. These are lives seen from an old ministry who know that the affirmation of faith has no currency in our "thinking* (lean not onto thy understand, RC). It is the recurrent abdication of "right thinking" by submission to a Will they cannot grasp. That's why your prophets were such unruley characters way outside "good thinking." Your book is a call to conform. I'm sure you sold a bundle.
A work more interested in hyperbole than science, whose essentially vacuous content is foreshadowed in the early salutation; "stringingly yours."
This is an extrordinary American work. The language and imagery are electric, the characters vivid and real and the scope and range are awesome. It is difficult to imagine anyone covering as much sheer local ground, from baseball, fatherhood, marriage, art, coruption and salvation as this cast accomplishes; the interconnectedness of seemingly random motive and event and the breathtaking talent of voice. It is reread irresistable.
This is a clowns guide to unspiritual thinking, an educated character with way to many answers. He is the apostate Pat Robertson, humility wrapped around arrogance; Who could buy this but the sophmorically needy.
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