Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

Quincy emerged from the house, carrying the book, snapping on the porch light as he passed and walking with the air of someone who has just read something powerful and compelling, something that went deep into the heart of men and women and then stopped and expressed what it found there in prose replete with long and complex sentences, possessed of all the strength of a bear-trap, prose that ensnares its reader and holds him, or her, tight in its vice-like grip: Absalom, Absalom! (1936) by William Faulkner. Continue reading

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Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller

AN INTERLUDE

Captivating is a word we have invented for something that grips one’s attention. In this instance I like to think of Harry, my friend Harry, and Tropic of Capricorn (1938) by Henry Miller. Harry was completely wrapped up in Tropic of Capricorn. It was the daily topic of conversation, and everything he said began from or led up to this book. Continue reading

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Murphy by Samuel Beckett

White (BECKETT) (a)Black (NOVELSTUFF)
1. P-K4P-K4
2. N-KB3N-QB3 (b)
3. B-B4B-B4
4. P-QN4 (c)BxNP
5. P-B3 (d)B-R4
6. P-Q4PxP
7. O-OP-Q6
8. Q-N3Q-B3 (e)
9. P-K5Q-N3
10. R-K1KN-K2
11. B-R3P-N4
12. QxPR-QN1
13. Q-R4 (f)B-N3
14. QN-Q2B-N2?
15. N-K4Q-B4?
16. BxQPQ-R4 (g)
17. N-B6 ch!PxN
18. PxPR-N1 (h)
19. QR-Q1!QxN
20. RxN ch (i)NxR
21. QxP ch!KxQ (j)
22. B-B5 dbl chK-K1
23. B-Q7 chK-B1
24. BxN mate (k)

And White wins. Continue reading

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