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May 20, 2008


david lewis

I tried reading this book and got about halfway through it. I liked the first part about teh secret agent. It was like a spy novel and full of suspense. I thought the modernist parts were too confusing and didn't add anything to the story . Serge was trying to avoid writing like other Soviet writers, but he couldn't write like Joyce.

Richard Prouty

I'm all for putting down a novel that doesn't work for you, but in this case you should read to the end. Like a lot of modernist works, it makes more sense as a whole than it does in parts. The shifts in points of view and style are confusing at first, but you get used to them, or I did, and they have a pattern. This is a terrific novel from a writer who fell through the cracks even during his lifetime.

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