Monday, January 10, 2011

Next on the list

Been meaning to read -- or actually finish -- this book forever. I started it sometime in college, late 1970s, when it was a very hot book, and I got about halfway through before I bailed. Yet it has stayed in my head for years, this very savage parody of Richard Nixon and the general paranoia of the 1950s. Part of the reason I'm interested: I'm wondering how well such a topical novel lasts, whether it endures, stands the test of time. I wonder how it compares to, say, Philip Roth's Nixon parody, Our Gang, which I read again a few years ago. I still found it hilarious, although I can't say the same would be true for someone in their 20s or even 30s who wasn't connected to the era.

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