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May 17, 2004

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Sarah

Dude, you are SO Birnbaum's heir apparent. Great interview. More please!

Jimmy Beck

Outstanding--a terrific opportunity to eavesdrop. You kick massive ass.

ARC


"Any display of emotion or sincerity is sort of looked down upon." That's just so patently false, Mr. Sarvas. I thought I raised you better than that?

Ed

Kickass, man.

Scott

Excellent work, Mark. This is a great read.

birnbaum

Now you know who your friends are.

TEV

I feel like George Bailey ... !

Jeff B

Damn fine interview. I just finished "The Path of Minor Planets" and must say that I'm very impressed with Mr. Greer as a writer. Thanks for providing some background.

Dave Worsley

Wow,nicely done! I just finished Path of Minor Planets and Max finally arrived in Canada last week. Excellent prep work and please keep it up.

serial crack

Outstanding--a terrific opportunity to eavesdrop. You kick massive ass.

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  • The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald

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    Penelope Fitzgerald's second novel is the tale of Florence Green, a widow who seeks, in the late 1950s, to bring a bookstore to an isolated British town, encountering all manner of obstacles, including incompetent builders, vindictive gentry, small minded bankers, an irritable poltergeist, but, above all, a town that might not, in fact, want a bookshop. Fitzgerald's prose is spare but evocative – there's no wasted effort and her work reminds one of Hemingway's dictum that every word should fight for its right to be on the page. Florence is an engaging creation, stubbornly committed to her plan even as uncertainty regarding the wisdom of the enterprise gnaws at her. But The Bookshop concerns itself, finally, with the astonishing vindictiveness of which provincials are capable, and, as so much English fiction must, it grapples with the inevitabilities of class. It's a dense marvel at 123 pages, a book you won't want to – or be able to – rush through.
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    Tim Krabbé's superb 1978 memoir-cum-novel is the single best book we've read about cycling, a book that will come closer to bringing you inside a grueling road race than anything else out there. A kilometer-by-kilometer look at just what is required to endure some of the most grueling terrain in the world, Krabbé explains the tactics, the choices and – above all – the grinding, endless, excruciating pain that every cyclist faces and makes it heart-pounding rather than expository or tedious. No writer has better captured both the agony and the determination to ride through the agony. He's an elegant stylist (ably served by Sam Garrett's fine translation) and The Rider manages to be that rarest hybrid – an authentic, accurate book about cycling that's a pleasure to read. "Non-racers," he writes. "The emptiness of those lives shocks me."