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One Leads to Others

Matt 121

Every once in a while a book would not only be enjoyable on its own merit but fuels interest in reading others. The recent The Upright Piano Player by David Abbott is such a novel. The protagonist is a retired man who enjoys to read. He mentions The Chateau by William Maxwell and Light Years by James Salter, which seem to match my reading interest. Maxwell’s other novel, The Folded Leaf, has been one of my favorite books. It’s in the line with A Separate Peace (despite a gay subtext) that the story is built upon an academic setting, in an all-boys rooming house. It’s a classic growing-pain tale of two boys who have nothing in common and would never have crossed each other’s path were it not for an accident at the swimming pool. That the athletic and slightly unruly Spud Latham saves the frail, flat-chested Lymie from going under in time plants a seed of friendship that will be tested by tough trials that touch the innermost of human heart. So as the year approaches the end, I am putting yet more books into my reading list: John Updike, James Salter, William Maxwell. The book also makes a reference to A Game of Hide and Seek by Elizabeth Taylor, which, to my delight, is available by NYRB.


One Response

  1. A&P by John Updike is absolutely breathtaking. It;s so philosophical, yet still awkward enough to portray reality.

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