Saul Bellow: Herzog
Went on vacation, read a few books. This Is How You Lose Her was one of them. RA result: I really enjoy Junot Diaz anyway, but for anyone who doesn’t, this is probably his most accessible work so far. Short stories, well intertwined, about the loss of love and its progress. Anyone who has ever loved and lost, whether on purpose or not, will appreciate this.
Also recently wrapped up NW, which I anxiously awaited. RA result: Smith spends more time fussing with experimental format than cutting to the heart of characters in her brilliant way, but the four lead horses do their best to shine through the lists and abnormal quotations anyway. Recommend On Beauty; this is not Smith’s most accessible work.
Finished The Paris Wife in four days, thanks to a coworker having to back out of a book discussion at the last moment. RA result: a mild, inoffensive novel about Hemingway’s first wife. Great for those interested in historical fiction or literary giants of the 1920s, and a great insight of Hemingway himself. Read with A Moveable Feast, when Hadley was still with Hemingway, or The Sun Also Rises, which lives in the book.