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If you could be a character from any book you’ve read, who would you be?
Trusk’s servant Lee from East of Eden. He’s more than just a faithful servant to the family. He’s a friend to Adam Trusk and mentor to his two sons. He’s very scarce in words but every word spoken radiates wisdom. He’s as invisible as he is important, just the foundation of the house. I’m very much like Lee because I don’t like to be in the spotlight and yet I can be influential.

Name a children’s book every child should read.
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. It’s fun to read and loaded with vocabulary. Department of Education committed Dr. Seuss committed him to write a children’s book that would be educational but that won’t bore the children to death!

Discuss a book that left you disappointed.
I have discussed how disappointing Theft by Peter Carey is—it’s a slog from start to finish. The magnitude of disappointment, though, is much greater for Let the Great World Spin. Although I didn’t give it a toss like I did to Theft, it was more disappointing because I had high expectation for the book, which is marketed as literary fiction—and it is. As much as the novel deals with love and loss, the choice of the twin towers, even in 1974, can’t help refresh raw memories of the more recent attack. But is that it? The audio, however, is a much more rewarding experience.

What book could you read over and over?
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. Set in the 1930s, the novel’s vision of Soviet life is so painfully accurate that, for fear of political purging, it could not be published during Bulgakov’s lifetime. The truths portrayed in the novel are inveterate in society that key phrases from the book has become common Russian speech. It’s bound to be good if Satan himself, disguised as a magician, advocates a good life for one who has suffered all his life.

One Response

  1. Matt,

    Which translation of the Master and Margarita do you recommend? Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky? Burgin/Tiernan O’Connor? Mirra Ginsburg’s?

    Which one?


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