World’s End by T.C. Boyle should be high on everyone’s reading list. It’s well written historical fiction chronicling the major families in the North of Westchester County on up the Hudson Valley. Ground zero is the patroon who maintains the feudal relationship with his tenant farmers. There are local natives too who share with the Dutch in giving this area of the country so many colorful names. In fact, there are enough names and families and bloodlines to call for a detailed list of characters at the front of the book.
But if World’s End is about the history of this small part of the country, it is also about people and relationships. It is a compelling read.
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The Experimental Fiction group has published the suggested reading for the third quarter.
07-01 – Plus — James McElroy
07-16 – The Origin of the Brunists — Robert Coover
08-16 – World’s End — T. Coraghessan Boyle
09-08 – The Enormous Room — E. E. Cummings
Plus is a shorter work of the excellent author, James McElroy, but it is a demanding read and quite different from almost everything you might have read before. Luckily this long out-of-print work is available again from larger booksellers.
The Origin of the Brunists is Robert Coover’s prize-winning first novel. If you haven’t read Coover this is certainly suggested as a start, even if it is a big bite to chew.
World’s End is a wonderfully inventive approach to what might be called fiction with an historical basis (not historical fiction). You might think you were reading Barth or Pynchon with this one.
The Enormous Room is an early novel by the poet E. E. Cummings. Did you know that Ernest Hemingway was not the only influential American writer to drive an ambulance during the war in Europe? Cummings and his good friend John Dos Passos both volunteered for ambulance duty during WWI.