Saturday, June 11, 2011

A New Reality

Three books have been completed since my last posting: The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson, Maile Meloy's Both Ways Is The Way I Want It and Anita Konkka's Fool's Paradise. New hours at work and being abducted by criminal humidity levels has fomented this productive recipe.

I found the Finkler rather dark and more akin to the masculine rivalry of Martin Amis than what may have been expected. It is no shame to admit that I discovered Maile through her brother Colin. My wife picked up the slim Finnish novella last weekend, I was unfamiliar with it, but the skinny tale of a marginalized life incorporating more than a hint of mental illness made an evocative exploration.


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