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Archive for September, 2020

The Past is a Ticking Bomb in Clegg’s “The End of the Day”

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Little happens in the novelistic present until later in the book, but in the past, there’s jealousy, sex, and betrayal; fraud, misunderstanding, and a rape. In the present, Philip chauffeurs Dana and her briefcase around New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, while Jackie tries to hide from Dana, perhaps Clegg’s way of suggesting Jackie’s hiding from the truth, or at least, Dana’s version of it.

You can read my review of Bill Clegg’s The End of the Day in The Boston Globe by clicking the image below.

You can buy Bill Clegg’s The End of the Day at Barnes & Noble.

Written by Joe Peschel

September 25th, 2020 at 2:41 pm

Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi

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Still, Gifty admits that at “a certain point, science fails. Questions become guesses become philosophical ideas about how something should probably, maybe, be.” Gifty (and, I think, Gyasi) believes that science and belief in religion can coexist. That’s a philosophy shared by many real scientists like Carlo Rovelli and Mario Livio. Gifty even says, “Both [science and religion] became, for me, valuable ways of seeing.” For the fictional neuroscientist Gifty, though, both have failed to fully satisfy in their aim: to make clear, to make meaning.

You can read my review of Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom in The Brooklyn Rail by clicking the image below.

You can buy Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom at Barnes & Noble.

Written by Joe Peschel

September 9th, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Red Pill, by Hari Kunzru

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The allusions and the quotations, the sociopolitical philosophy and the implied and actual violence move the story along at a bipolar pace, alternately restrained and frenzied, but Kunzru adds elements of humor that lessen the horror of reading about a man’s tumble into breakdown and insanity, and his eventual recovery, at least, up to the November 8th election results.

You can read my review of Hari Kunzru’s Red Pill in The Brooklyn Rail by clicking the image below.

 

You can buy Hari Kunzru’s Red Pill at Barnes & Noble.

Written by Joe Peschel

September 9th, 2020 at 11:52 am