Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cast your vote for a cool book


An author matches wits and wills with a character who won't leave him alone. Author and character clash over the latter's plan to blow up a hospital. Character starts out as nihilistic, dope-smoking hospital porter. comes more to the fore, and turns into something more interesting.

Author and character together and individually ponder and confront the very biggest moral and ethical questions in ways occasionally touching and always hugely entertaining.

That metaphysical game of character meets author is an old one, but Burke pulls it off with panache. Not once, even when the possibility looms that the character may be writing the author, does it seem forced.

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Blogger Paul D Brazill said...


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Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...


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Anonymous Liz said...

You might enjoy:

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Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Blogger has been eating posts for a few days, so let’s try this one again:

A number of constructions traditionally considered errors are now accepted by major American newspapers.

“Teams like the Yankees, the Redskins, and Manchester United are worth billions” would be correct, according to the New York Times, and at least one other paper has abolished the distinction between due to and because of. The Times’ own style guru lamented that “I can’t even convince people to use ‘who’ and ‘whom’ correctly” – an amusing misuse (of convince for persuade) from a newspaper that proclaims its conservatism in linguistic usage.

The moral: Fertilize your mind, sharpen your ear, read good books, (don't waste your money on cutesy, voguish grammar bestsellers!!) and don’t let the idiots get you down.

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