Tuesday, June 25, 2019
These charcters include JFK and Jackie Kennedy, Aristole Onasis and Jackie's sister, Richard Nixon, the Vietnamese political and military leadership, Howard Hunt, the erstwhile CIA misadventur who eventually bumbled into Watergate, authors like William Burroughs, Norman Mailer, Allen Ginsberg, Arthur Miller and his wife Marilyn Monroe, noted baby doctor and author Benjamin Spock and his wife, TV personality Ed Sullivan. And literally dozens more.
He builds richly detailed personal lives for all these historical characters. Some of it sounds like it's actually historically true, but this seems to become less and less important the more richly detailed the interior lives become.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
two girls go missing in the first chapter, and we don't see or hear from them until the final chapter. in between, over the course of the year, we do submerge deeply into lives of a dozen or so residents whose lives have been touched by the girls' disappearance in small and larger ways. the isolation, the hopelessness, the hope, the national and ethnic frustrations of these people are bracingly delivered by Julia Phillips piercing, empathetic prose.
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
hard to put down. some of the plot machinations seems a bit facile and quickly-established, and I could do without McEwan's constant interlude marker ("and then we made love") but hard to argue with a novel that does so much in so little space.