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October 31, 2007



Under the Volcano
I've never read a Dickens or a Proust novel
I have wanted to read Sinclair Lewis's "Babbit" but I haven't gotten around to it yet.


Under The Volcano is a sort of underground classic IMHO-the film version with Albert Finney is interesting in its own right.

I've only read a couple of Dickens-Great Expectations (full disclosure I had to teach it as a long term substitute) and Hard Times (pretty short for a Dickens novel).

I haven't read any Proust yet either-suppsodedly one of the greatest novels of all time.

Babbit is pretty good critique of complacent, middlebrow culture and society that still resonates today. However, I'm not sure that Sinclair Lewis rates among the literary giants.


You should check out the review by Jay MCinery (I can't remember how to spell it) in last Sunday's NY Times of "How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read." An entertaining review of a what sounds like an interesting - and actually sort of serious book. Personally, I've always felt a bit bad about not reading any Proust.


Yeah, I've read a couple of reviews about that book. I don't hink I need to read it though, becuase I always talk about things that I don't know anything about with authroity.


Agreed. Having read the review, I'm just going to talk about it like I read it. Somehow, I think the author would understand.

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