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In the Heart of the Heart of the Country Analysis

In the Heart of the Heart of the Country Analysis

Insanity runs rampant through the American Midwest, whether due to boredom, loneliness, alcohol, or the violently cold weather. The characters within this collection move through their normal lives as their minds fall deeper into a barrage of words that rattle both them and the reader. The first four stories each show a different form of …

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CivilWarLand in Bad Decline Review

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline Analysis and Review

Introduction: The decaying theme park CivilWarLand finds itself hiring a mentally deranged Vietnam War veteran to protect the park from gangs; an obese employee at a faux-humane raccoon pest control agency suffers ridicule from his coworkers; a man working at a wave-making machine suffers the emotional repercussions of having accidentally killed a boy. These are …

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Goodbye, Columbus analysis

Goodbye Columbus Analysis and Review

Introduction: Goodbye, Columbus is Philip Roth’s first book, consisting of a novella and five of his early short stories. In this book, Roth begins his prolific career and we can see his first time exploring the themes he would one day become famous for: sexuality, guilt, hate, discrimination, hypocrisy, aging, and what it means to …

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The Silence Don DeLillo

The Silence Don DeLillo Review

Don DeLillo has truly perfected the art of causing me existential dread, or extreme anxiety and paranoia, or the belief that my life or the world are ending any second – or maybe all of the above. The Silence, released just yesterday, is an incredibly brief novella where DeLillo ponders on what would happen if …

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The Fifth Head of Cerberus

The Fifth Head of Cerberus Explanation and Review

The Fifth Head of Cerberus is Gene Wolfe’s second published work following Operation Ares. Previous to reading this, I have read the five books of his Book of the New Sun series twice and then Peace. It has been a while since these reads, but I was excited to get back into Gene Wolfe. The …

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