Stoner * John Williams (1965)

‘A beautiful, sad, utterly convincing account of an entire life’ Ian McEwan William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father’s farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman. His life is quiet,Continue reading “Stoner * John Williams (1965)”

Fyodor Dostoyevsky – The Eternal Husband Book Review

The short novel The Eternal Husband, describes the almost surreal meeting of a cuckolded widower and his dead wife’s lover. Dostoevsky’s dark brilliance and satiric vision infuse the other four tales with all-too-human characters, including a government official who shows up uninvited at an underling’s wedding to prove his humanity; a self-deceiving narrator who strugglesContinue reading “Fyodor Dostoyevsky – The Eternal Husband Book Review”

The New Lieutenant’s Rap by Stephen King

Here is one of Stephen King’s most elusive books. History: In October 1998, Stephen King asked Michael Alpert to produce The New Lieutenant’s Rap. The book was wanted for the April 6, 1999 Anniversary Celebration of Stephen’s 25th year a a published novelist. The chapbook (a pocket sized booklet) has a stitched cover with aContinue reading “The New Lieutenant’s Rap by Stephen King”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez : The Early Years by Ilan Stavans

As I relate in the preface, I was dumbstruck when I first read him as a twenty-one-year-old in my native Mexico. It suddenly became clear to me that words have magic: when used meticulously, they are able to conjure alternative universes, some more appealing than our own. I ran across the Gabriel Garcia Marquez biographyContinue reading “Gabriel Garcia Marquez : The Early Years by Ilan Stavans”