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Oh, the misery and isolation … ‘Couples’ by John Updike

John Updike is one of those Great American Novelists who have always left me cold. I was turned off by his modern classic ‘Rabbit Run’ and was delighted when, after reading it, I learned that Updike is now considered a … Continue reading

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Russian Reading Update: Isaac Babel gives a new voice to a new era

I’ve been meaning to read Babel for several years now, but he was so highly recommended, and my Norton ‘Selected Writings’ looked so dense, I was starting to feel too intimidated to begin.  If I’m honest, one reason for embarking … Continue reading

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