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On Two Moons and a Prayer

From the April 2012 Print Edition

1Q84 by haruki murakami, translated by jay rubin and philip gabrielknopf, 944 pages, $30.50 Much to my surprise, given the author’s reputation, I began to care about the main characters of Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami’s new epic, 1Q84. They are a young man and a young woman who, after . . . . Continue Reading »

Taxing Boredom

From the October 2011 Print Edition

The Pale King by David foster Wallace Little, Brown, 548 pages, $27.99 It’s not often that suicidal postmodern novelists and conservative public-policy intellectuals share each other’s concerns about the troubling conditions of contemporary American life. This seemed to be the case in . . . . Continue Reading »

The Life of Pi

From the May 2003 Print Edition

Good news came from across the Atlantic late last year. England’s most prestigious literary award”the Booker Prize”had been awarded to a work that made the following assertion on its inside cover: “This is a novel of such rare and wondrous storytelling that it may, as one . . . . Continue Reading »