SHADOW COUNTRY by Peter Matthiessen

I’ve been concerned about reviewing SHADOW COUNTRY from the get go. For starters, it is big at eight hundred and ninety-two pages. And there is the subject matter: Nothing less than a reckoning of the “last American frontier,” the turn of the century coast of southwest Florida, the Ten Thousand Islands, as reflected through the experience of a single, highly complex, enigmatic figure, Edgar J. Watson.

July 20, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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2666 by Roberto Bolano

I was coming to Maine for the summer and wanted to get lost in a big thick weighty book, a book that would be wasted in the city where it would be not so much attacked as toyed with. How can you read a 900 page book but to attack it? You can’t nibble at it. You have to take blocks of time and sit down in a quiet place and rest the tome on your lap and go after it, like a loon after a harbor sardine. I had wanted to read 2666 since it came out in English last year (from the Spanish), published posthumously a year after Bolaño’s death. Now was the time.

July 3, 2009 · Judi Clark · 2 Comments
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ANATHEM by Neal Stephenson

ANATHEM, the latest invention by the author of CRYPTOMONICOM and THE BAROQUE CYCLE, is a magnificent creation: a work of great scope, intelligence, and imagination that ushers readers into a recognizable—yet strangely inverted—world.

May 1, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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