Thursday, April 11, 2024

Absolution by Alice McDermott


Liked this, although there's a cautiousness and a certain smugness to (both) the narrator's voices that I dislike. The first half of the book feels like it's heading toward a more dramatic ending that I got, and the switching of narrators between the older woman and the younger woman does not yield significant unveilings of meaning or narrative.

Monday, April 01, 2024

Deliver Me from Nowhere: The Making of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska by Warren Zanes


Great book! That rare thing, penetrating writing about music.

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut


Must have read this before but don't really remember it. It's interesting but seems to be an early (1963) experiment in Vonnegut's more mature and radical books Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions.

The fantastical human-based religion of Bokonism, the short chapters that always end with a flair (if not much narrative oomph), the sci-fi flirtation of the doomsday weapon ice-nine, are all elements to be perfected later.

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