07 November 2007

Of memory and forgetting

Recent reads of interest, meaning the experience sliced through the clutter to re-constitute itself as a memory, however fleeting.

  • The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman, by Louis De Bernieres; more imaginative and less polemic than his more celebrated novel, Corelli’s Mandolin.
  • 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, by Charles Mann. Required reading for “Americanists.”
  • Blindness, another heroic work by José Saramago.
  • Arabian Jazz, Diana Abu-Jaber, situated in and around Syracuse, N.Y., and valiantly tries to create a sense of place, which, if not wholly accurate, is still palpable.
  • Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates, by Tom Robbins. If you like TR, you like TR and I do.
  • On Beauty, by Zane Smith. Writing this good deserves a better story.
  • Women, by Charles Bukowski, an animal.

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