A Little Literary Diversion

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  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    If you like tales of wandering, please try the novellas of Colombian writer Alvaro Mutis, collected in The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll. To mention that most are set on pathetically rusty tramp steamers in Mediterranean or tropical locales might mislead you into thinking they’re ripping yarns, when they’re more often about disappointed plans. They manage to be lyrical, comical and melancholy even in translation. The seven stories are more or less free-standing, though with recurring characters; so you can read them all at once or stretch out the pleasure, by reading only one or two at a time.

  2. Ken says:

    Aren’t we Americans astonishingly lucky that John Muir’s family decided to emigrate here from Scotland when he was eleven? Truly an excellent example of the Butterfly Effect.

  3. Sean says:

    I first read Moby Dick in my late twenties. I picked it up from the library, thinking it was something I ought to already have read. I was a little daunted by the size, but the opening paragraphs were so readable and charming I was hooked from then on. Melville really could write!

  4. Deven says:

    A.J., thanks as always for the tip. And, to all, thanks for the thoughts. I, of course, am most pleased that both are wrote and love their prose.