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  • Time Machine

    Thomas Pynchon's latest novel, Against the Day
      The publication of a new Pynchon novel is an event and has been since, at age 25, the reclusive author dropped V, the story of a quest, in our laps. That first novel announced a gifted writer with the powers of a Joyce, Faulkner or Melville and the mind of an Einstein.
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  • Out With the Tide

    Banville's Sea a challenging dazzler
      John Banville's recent book, The Sea (Knopf 2005), received rave reviews and the prestigious Man Booker Prize. He has been compared to Nabokov for his poetic style, but Cormac McCarthy also comes to mind; both writers can capture the commonplace and elevate it to tragic levels with precise lyrical prose.
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  • The Last Night

    A fictional look into Nietzche's abyss
      When I was in high school, I read William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury; actually, I ended up reading it twice. If you've not read it, the book is the story of one particularly screwed-up family, the Compsons, and is divided into four sections. It's the first section that's relevant to this review ...
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