What book would you read 100 times?
Stories that start off with somebody dying always feel like a con to me. We all know the place in the story that the dying happens. Once you understand how the card trick works – look over here, keep your eyes on this hand, there is no other hand – the magic is gone, and it’s just sleight-of-hand.
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This book – by Nathacha Appanah, translated from the French by Geoffrey Strachan – is reviewed by me in today’s Star Tribune, and comes to us from Graywolf Press.
After having stumbled upon a free Amazon Prime account, I’ve placed a couple of orders (not books), the latest of which never arrived. I remembered reading years ago that their customer service phone number was notoriously difficult to find. My perfunctory five second search for it at their site came up empty, so I dug a little deeper.
Slate has a piece regarding Stanley Fish’s forthcoming book How to Write a Sentence and How to Read One that has five of the Professor’s favorite examples of excellent sentences. The comments section is open for readers to make arguments for their favorite sentences; so far, 120 people have chimed in with their contenders. What’s yours?