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Late to the Party: Boxer, Beetle, by Ned Beauman

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When Kevin “Fishy” Broom, a collector of Nazi memorabilia, stumbles upon a secret communique from Adolf Hitler to an English aristocrat named Erskine, he uncovers a mystery that has lain dormant in England for seventy years, involving home-grown fascism, rogue entomology, avant-garde piano composition, a century-spanning eugenics project, steam-powered architecture and a young Jewish boxer named Seth Roach. While I didn’t like this book as much as I liked the author’s followup, The Teleportation Accident, […]

The Resolution Project Book Eighteen: Call It Sleep (1934)

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“The sight of him this evening was terrifying. Never, not even the night he had beaten David, did he radiate, so fell, so electric a fury. It was as though his whole body were smouldering, a stark, throbbing, curdling emanation flowed from him, a dark, corrosive haze that was all the more fearful because David sensed how thin an aura it was of the terrific volcano clamped within.” (p. 127) The Resolution Project: For my New […]

The Resolution Project Book Eight: The Assistant (1957)

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“He felt, in places in the book, even when it excited him, as if his face had been shoved into dirty water in the gutter; in other places, as if he had been on a drunk for a month.” Frank Alpine, on reading Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment (pp. 107) The Assistant, by Bernard Malamud Another book that was somewhat difficult for me to get through, much like Book Three on the list (American Pastoral) but not for […]

The Resolution Project Book Seven: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (1970)

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What can I say about this book, really? It was very short, and mostly about stuff I couldn’t really relate to much. Definitely a lot more cheerful than the last book I read, that’s for sure (American Pastoral, for those of you keeping track at home). Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume It has actually taken far more time for me to figure out what to say about this book than […]

The Resolution Project Book Three: American Pastoral (1997)

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“Of old. Stories of old. There were no longer stories of old. There was nothing. There was a mattress, discolored and waterlogged, like a cartoon strip drunk slumped against a pole. The pole still held up a sign telling you what corner you were on. And that’s all there was.” (p. 236) American Pastoral, by Philip Roth Phew, what a relief to be done this book. While it is undeniably brilliant, it is a very […]

The Resolution Project Book One: The Adventures of Augie March (1953)

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“I always believed that for what I wanted there wasn’t much hope if you had to be a specialist, like a doctor or other expert. If so, as an expert, you’d be dealing with other experts. You wouldn’t care for amateurs, for experts are like that about amateurs. And besides specialization means difficulty, or what’s there to be a specialist about?” – Augie March So here’s the first book on the list completed. This list […]