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The Humbling Philip Roth

A long day’s journey into night. All life’s performances — talent, love, sex, hope, energy, reputation, memory and confidence — are stripped off as the protagonist walks offstage into a collosal collapse, a terrifying meltdown, into that “most unreal of all things”: suicide. The Humbling is the story of a retired actor struggling to summon […]

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Reflections in a Golden Eye Carson McCullers

Reflections in a Golden Eye is a chilling portrait of six people who make varying degrees of individual claims to identity and individual belong. Romantic imaginative repressed characters experience tragedies because of sensual, self-centered, conforming characters. It is a novel about the fragility of normalcy. The setting is that of an army post — a […]

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Poor Things Alisdair Gray

Weather reports show that 29th June 1882 was abnormally hot and sultry. At sunset most Glaswegians were disturbed by a noise whose cause was discussed in the local press through the following fortnight. Most folk assumed it has an industrial origin and came from very far away. At Saracen Cross in the north-west folk though […]

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Feeble Attempts Jeffrey Brown

Today I went to the art museum. I flashed my ID to walk right in at no charge, giving me an inflated sense of naughty coolness. There was a new painting up by a French painter I’d never heard of. I liked it. There were hundreds of children there learning what art is really all […]

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The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers

Green is that hill and lonely, set far in a shadowy place; White is the hunter’s quarry, a lost-loved human face: O hunting heart, shall you find it, with arrow of failing breath, Led o’er a green hill lonely by the shadowy hound of Death? – from “The Lonely Hunter”, Fiona MacLeod (aka William Sharp) […]

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