Mr. C. Johnson

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The Restored Finnegans Wake (Penguin Modern Classi&hellip by James Joyce
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Agree with previous reviews. The Penguin and previous editions of FW had the same pagination. 169 is my favourite chapter in most of Joyce.

Why didn't the publishers include a reference of corresponding pages between editions? When I now read essays on FW that refer to pages of the old edition I have to p-p-p-pick up my Penguin book. A simple table on a page would've solved a lot of hassle.

If any book in the history of books required that, then FW it is.

I like the way they have changed the font in certain inset stories. The Ondt and the G'hoper being one . . .

My old editions of FW have nearly fell apart, so I think this will be with me now… Read more
The Adventures of Augie March (Penguin Modern Clas&hellip by Saul Bellow
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
When Saul Bellow finished the Adventures of Augie March around 1953, he'd created a revolution in modern prose. Written in the first-person as a mémoire, the story is of the charming Augie growing up in the harsh but splenderous-of-life 20/30's Chicago. The style in which the novel is written is pungent, brimming, vibrating with detailed observations that capture character brilliantly.

From job-to-job Augie wanders, always with a vital spring in his step. Bellow describes crowds of characters with such precision yet such overblown energy, it feels like a free-jazz saxophonist in full flow. The opening lines say 'I'm an American and go at things . . . freestyle,' and so… Read more
Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited (Penguin&hellip by Vladimir Nabokov
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime - Enchanting, 12 Nov 2009
'Speak Memory' is the essential companion for anyone reading Nabokov's fictional works. The writing simply flows across the brain and is easier to read than Proust. I see 'SM' as an extension of what Proust was trying to achieve by transcribing memory into art; however if you can only read English, then reading Proust can be a little disatisfying (sic?) as he's always presented through a translator - no such worries with Nabokov who loved the Englsih language so much to become the greatest stylist since Joyce.

Reading 'SM' can give yourself a personal perspective on your own past and memory and makes one realise that we all have a vault of inspiration within our own minds in… Read more

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