I really enjoyed the article, BUT: don't give up on John Irving too soon! Try The Wold According to Garp; it's amazing (and it was my introduction to his books). I also enjoyed Son of the Circus.
If you can't stomach Tender is the Night, might I suggest a suitably weird alternative? There's a Neil Gaiman short story called 'Tender is the Night Gaunt' which crashes together elements of Fitzgerald and H.P.Lovecraft to fun effect. Not quite as much fun as his combination of Lovecraft and the joys of Real Ale 'Shoggoth's Old Peculiar', but certainly up there.
OK, Katherine. I'll give hime another go at some point. Garp didn't blow my skirt up the first time around, but it could very well be a mood thing.LOL, Stu! I think I'll be taking you up on the rec. Sounds delicious.
great post that one! :-) but i would say give irving another chance (tho' DON'T go see in him in person because you will not like him at all then--pompous a-hole). i will admit he lost me at that fourth hand book tho', it was just too much. and i never managed that early one about the bears.i like how you put it...authors we date and authors we marry. i'm married to murakami at the moment. :-)
"Don't give up on Irving" seems to be the consensus, Jules! I'll give him another go at some point. And thanks for the tip. I can't STAND pompous a-holes.
It occurs to me that I didn't say where the things were. 'Shoggoth's Old Peculiar' is in The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy (ed Mike Ashley)While 'Tender is the Night Gaunt' is in the same tome, but isn't, in fact, by Gaiman at all. Instead, it's by someone called Peter Cannon, who I probably should have heard of but haven't. Since it also includes such works of comic genius as Tom Holt's 'Pizza to Go' and Esther Freisner's 'Death Swatch' it's definitely worth getting hold of a copy.
Wow - my sentiments exactly!
Thanks, Stu! That helps! ;)Thanks, Lenore!
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