Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Some Time Back

I recall reading Native Son and pausing to reflect the similarities between it and Crime and Punishment, the degree to which I found profound at the age of 22. I read a pair of biographies of Richard Wright later that summer my suspicions were confirmed. My rereading this week of the Dostoevsky has prompted a review of certain ideas that bubbled to the surface in Vollmann's Royal Family. The saga of the overlooked and the whimper of the humiliated resound in both novels. It is certainly an interval of life that I now have a more august appraisal.

I am near to the end of Part Three. I must plan accordingly with the Pekic and Bolano.


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