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Old 07-21-2008, 09:27 PM   #886
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I enjoyed Chabon's book a lot, but I'm embarrassed to say I haven't read the Hemingway. A friend told me The Sun Also Rises was The Great American Novel, but as I'm a staunch Fitzgerald supporter I scoffed at him and never got around to reading it. I enjoyed The Old Man and the Sea and a good amount of Hemingway's short stories, but I'm just not a big fan of his style, as well as all the macho bullshit. Besides, how can the GAN take place in Europe? Whatever. It's Gatsby or Moby Dick. Deal with it.
I actually don't have a lot of love for Hemingway the novelist. I love his short stories, but I don't feel that his style translates well to the longer narrative.

I will argue to the death that Duncan's "The Brothers K" is the greatest American novel.

I would also argue that Twain is the father of modern American literature.
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Also found Hemingway to be a bit anti-semitic, which did not exactly endear him to me.
A bit?
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Rory Gilmore, despite her unabashed love of literature, has also voiced her dislike of Hemingway.

Season 2, Episode 13, entitled 'A Tisket A Tasket'
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I can tell you what it WASN'T called: Ignoreland.
Even in a thread that's nothing to do with them, you'll never let that go. I'm throwing gas on the fire by saying it was damn entertaining to see that live this summer (don't misunderstand me and think I'm calling it a highlight, but to me its certainly not the bane of my existence as it is with you).



... so running away from that and back to books, just got a heap from the library, and I'll be starting Alex (The Beach) Garland's The Tesseract as soon as I sign off.
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I will argue to the death that Duncan's "The Brothers K" is the greatest American novel.
Oh, I love that book.

I read Mysteries of Pittsburgh but didn't like it nearly as much as Wonder Boys and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. I haven't read The Yiddish Policeman's Union yet, but I have it on my shelf.
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I would also argue that Twain is the father of modern American literature.
I'd have to go with Washington Irving for that one, Dalton.
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Oh, I love that book.

I read Mysteries of Pittsburgh but didn't like it nearly as much as Wonder Boys and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. I haven't read The Yiddish Policeman's Union yet, but I have it on my shelf.
I actually agree with this entire post.
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I'd have to go with Washington Irving for that one, Dalton.
Irving stole most of his material from German and Dutch folk stories.
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I'd have to go with Washington Irving for that one, Dalton.
Incorrect, Tom Clancy is the father of American Literature. Twain was just a witty elitist prick.
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I actually agree with this entire post.
Does this mean a reconciliation is in our future? Or just that we're on speaking terms again?

Either way, this is wonderful.
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Incorrect, Tom Clancy is the father of American Literature. Twain was just a witty elitist prick.
Clancy writes hardcore shit. Shit blows up, people die, then are reborn, then they die again, by their own hand sometimes.
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I actually don't have a lot of love for Hemingway the novelist. I love his short stories, but I don't feel that his style translates well to the longer narrative.
I can agree with this insofar as after 200 pages you feel like nothing's happened. But I love his style and the flow* of the sentences. I'm never bored during a Hemingway book, even if it's boring.
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Does this mean a reconciliation is in our future? Or just that we're on speaking terms again?

Either way, this is wonderful.
I'm not sure what it means. I'm.....I'm confused.
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Clancy writes hardcore shit. Shit blows up, people die, then are reborn, then they die again, by their own hand sometimes.
Yeah, he's like Tolkien only instead of hating on Orcs and other abominations, Clancy drops mad hate on the enemies of Freedom - the enemies of the U-S-A!!! Like he used to hate the Russians, then he hated on the Irish for a bit, then back to the russians. Now he's all about hating the current terrorists.
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Clancy writes hardcore shit. Shit blows up, people die, then are reborn, then they die again, by their own hand sometimes.
Quick, who's more badass? Mr. Clark or Chavez?
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