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May 21, 2017


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His perspective on America is very interesting. I guess it caused a scandal at the time but it all sounds quite plausible to me. He really captures the American fascination with finding a way to "rank" people, like military titles... or celebrity. And all the endemic racism....(not to mention endemic malaria) The scene in the National Hotel feels like something out of _Pudd'nhead Wilson_. Then you get to Eden and it's more _Giants in the Earth_ or something Faulkner. And his American parody names for characters are much better than those for the Brits in the book.

I was just going to ask what the Summer Read is. Nice to know!

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