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5.0 out of 5 stars Understated erudition, 16 Sept. 2009
This review is from: How to be Alone (Hardcover)
A collection of essays by this writer - well worth reading for his understated erudition and empathetic insight, as well as the entertaining things he has to say. I laughed out loud as he demolished the sex book industry - Dr Ruth, Dr Betty and all - while his "state of the novel" essay is outstandingly discerning and penetrating. He also takes time to describe what happened when his novel The Corrections was chosen by Oprah Whinfrey as her book of the month and later dropped when the author didn't fit in with her schmaltzy plans for its hype. Strange also, to be enjoying a description of the Chicago postal system's breakdown and the corruption at its heart.

Quite simply, he is one of a group of very few writers in this world who can write almost anything and give the reader such a truthful, objective and entertaining insight that the subject matter is opened out like a route to understanding. This is an excellent read from one of the major writers of his generation.
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Eileen Shaw
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