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Pierce just wrote a more beautiful sentence than usual, whose targets seem like they would include Franzen, not directly but in the spirit of his character, in an obit for Tom Menino:
"Menino's success remains a puzzlement only to those delicate souls who mistake syntax for intelligence."


I couldn't get through The Corrections. I did read his two much earlier books, Strong Motion and The Twenty-Seventh City, years ago (I think I was in grad school), and they struck me much differently than The Corrections did. Twenty-Seventh City, his first novel, seriously bothered me and stayed with me for days in a cloying, sickening way for days. I couldn't decide if that meant I liked it or not. Having just had a colonoscopy, which involves drinking the nastiest, most horribly textured stuff I've ever had to drink (like drinking a thin, clinging oil with a horrible taste/smell), I realized that Twenty-Seventh City felt like the intellectual version of drinking that stuff. Which I think may not be a recommendation.


Lance, as someone who has always been vaguely ashamed of my failure to like Franzen (The Corrections may have been the first novel I ever made the conscious decision not to finish), thank you.

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