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Torday’s indisputable, immense talent as a writer and storyteller manage to keep "The Last Flight" from dipping dangerously close to the haphazard.
The most difficult thing…about being on the road on an endless tour is underwear. What are you gonna do about your underwear? You have to be in the same hotel for two days to get your underwear washed.
The novel does not seem like a bid at another Nobel Prize-winning masterpiece. Short, plot-driven, and more colloquial than complexly poetic, the book is precisely the incisive fable it attempts to be.
“If there is any narrative in it at all, if there’s a little tiny scrap of narrative, if there’s an I, if there’s a thought, if there’s a ladybug doing something...then I think it is justified to call it a story,” she said.
Using the story of four young brothers as a magnifying lens, in "The Fishermen" Chigozie Obioma delves into the ways in which belief can build the deepest of bonds, only to eviscerate them in an instant.
When Adler’s writing coheres into something merciless yet moral, centrist yet radical, it soars. “After the Tall Timber” is almost always an absorbing, enlivening read.
Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov’s “The Physics of Sorrow” unites formal experimentation with emotional resonance in a compelling exploration of how and why humans tell stories.
"Past Habitual" might have been much more successful had MacLochlainn resigned himself to simpler goals. Clean style and thematic impact are undervalued here, and the result is an interesting but rather muddled product.