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Alison Moore: The Lighthouse

If you like “walking” novels and heard there was a good one on the Booker longlist, you were probably hearing about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (my review here). Despite the qualities that book had, I didn’t like it and didn’t consider it a suitable representative of the “walking” novel genre,…

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Episode 1: John Williams’ Butcher’s Crossing

It’s time to do a Mookse and Gripes podcast, which will be dedicated to discussing NYRB Classics. I’ll be joined by my brother, Brian, an avid reader and lover of NYRB Classics, as well as by periodic special guests. Every month or so we will select and discuss one of the many…

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Tony Earley: “Jack and the Mad Dog”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Tony Earley’s “Jack and the Mad Dog” was originally published in the October 1, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. Tony Earley has been writing short stories for some time…

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John Williams: “The Sleep of Reason” (1981 excerpt)

John Williams published four books: Nothing But the Night (1948), which he later renounced; Butcher’s Crossing (1960) (my review here); Stoner (1965) (my review here); and Augustus (1972) (my review here). Between 1972 and his death in 1994, he was working on an ambitious work looking at war and fine art…

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Benjamin Stein: The Canvas

Is it a gimmick, or a formal element that adds to the story? I wondered this when I picked up The Canvas (Leinwand, 2010; tr. from the German by Brian Zumhagen, 2012), a book that is designed to let the reader choose between two equally situated beginnings. We can start reading on…

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Mohsin Hamid: “The Third-Born”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Mohsin Hamid’s “The Third-Born” was originally published in the September 24, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. I read Mohsin Hamid’s Booker shortlisted The Reluctant Fundamentalist when it was published in 2008, but I haven’t thought much…

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Special Man Booker Podcast — with Mookse!

I was happy on Tuesday when, after the Man Booker shortlist was announced — Simon of the blog Savidge Reads (here) and the podcast The Readers wrote to ask if I’d be interested in talking with him about the shortlist and the prize in general for his podcast. Of course I…

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Interview with The Fiction Desk’s Rob Redman

When I began The Mookse and the Gripes in 2008, one of the blogs I looked to for inspiration and enjoyment was Rob Redman’s The Fiction Desk. At the time, besides covering fiction, Rob’s blog offered editorial services to writers. Then, in 2010, Rob shifted gears a bit by venturing…

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2012 Booker Shortlist

They announced the 2012 Booker Shortlist today: Swimming Home, by Deborah Levy Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel The Lighthouse, by Alison Moore Umbrella, by Will Self Narcopolis, by Jeet Thayil The Garden of Evening Mists, by Tan Twan Eng Only one of the three longlisters I read made this…

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Leonid Tsypkin: “The Last Few Kilometres”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Leonid Tsypkin’s “The Last Few Kilometres” (tr. from the Russian by Jamey Gambrell) was originally published in the September 17, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. For the second week in a…