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Friday, September 22, 2006

A lack of sympathy

I rather like this sentence in Chandrahas's post on Saul Bellow's Seize The Day:
The Royal Swedish Academy, when awarding Bellow the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1976, made special mention of Seize The Day, though Bellow himself, in an interview late in life with his great contemporary Philip Roth, asserted that he didn't like the book much, and that he felt very little sympathy for its protagonist Tommy Wilhelm (it would have distressed Wilhelm greatly to know this, for his great problem in the book is that nobody feels any sympathy for him).
I like the lilt at the end of the sentence that the parenthesis provides, and how it goes so well with the touch of humour that it introduces.

[Clears throat.] Okay, never mind, read the post now.
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