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Thursday, October 25, 2007

To build a cathedral

Anyone ever read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett?

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Monday, October 15, 2007

The Path of Minor Planets: Andrew Sean Greer

The lives and loves and tragedies of a handful of astronomers, their spouses, friends, and children. A window to their lives is open to the reader every 7 years or so whenever the comet, discovered in 1965 by two of the professors, reaches perihelion or aphelion, and you see how the decisions the characters made or actions they did or did not take have played out. The book opens at a gathering of them all on a small South Pacific island to view the comet's passing, and a death changes things for them all.

It's a somewhat sad, almost suspenseful, yet solid novel; I didn't stay up late dying to see how it ended, but found myself quietly drawn to the book each night. I'd read Greer's "The Confessions of Max Tivoli" and, though delighted by that story, I was even more thrilled with the prose. I look forward to his next book.

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