Tuesday Evening Book Reviews

Mark Saunders on Robert Stone’s Death of the Black-Haired Girl: “A standard-issue interpretation of the wages of empire? Payback for ripping our land from its native inhabitants? Judeo-Christian moral retribution in a fallen world? What is America’s secret culture as revealed by Robert Stone? After reading this harrowing novel, one is tempted to say: all of the above.” (Washington Post)

Stephan Lyons on Adam Minter’s Junkyard Planet: “…a well-researched narrative, although a bit too weighty with facts and figures, with no shortage of reminders on our heartbreaking wastage.” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

Alan Cate on John Ferlin’s Jefferson and Hamilton: “Ferling explores not only his subjects’ ideologies and their political clashes, but also “the role of character in the choices that each made.” Jefferson was “meditative and philosophical.” Hamilton had a take-no-prisoners style that was more “slash and burn.”” (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

Hal Jensen on (editors) Neil Murphy and Keith Hopper’s The Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien: ” Very short and slight, they have a winning exuberance. Irish and English misunderstandings, folk mythology, letters to the editor – all provide an opportunity for gleeful impersonation.” (The Times Literary Supplement)

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