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THE BATTLE OF ARGINUSAE :
VICTORY AT SEA AND ITS TRAGIC AFTERMATH IN THE FINAL YEARS OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR
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KILLING ERATOSTHENES:
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IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY TWEET:
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I've decided to stop accepting review copies. The downside of getting buried in free books is that reading increasingly becomes an obligatory act. After some seven years of blogging books, it's time for me to return to the simple pleasure of reading only the books I want to read, when I want to read them.



  
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Maxwell, William: So Long, See You Tomorrow

  

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Vintage © 1996 (orig. pub. 1980), 144 pages [amazon]
3 stars

So Long, See You Tomorrow is a morose little book that describes the dissolution of two families--neighboring tenant farmers in the rural Illinois of the 1920s--and the murder in which their shared misery culminates. The story, half remembered and half reconstructed, is narrated by an old man who was in his youth an acquaintance of the murderer's son.

There is also canine unhappiness, the imagined wretchedness of an imagined dog, whose loyalty and service is repaid with beatings and abandonment.The story, told in plain, unremarkable prose, hosts more than its share of unhappiness--dead mothers and adultery and neglected children torn from one or another parent. There is also canine unhappiness, the imagined wretchedness of an imagined dog, whose loyalty and service is repaid with beatings and abandonment.

So Long, See You Tomorrow has the feel of a high school English class must-read. That is to say, it is undoubtedly good literature, but it is not good reading.

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About the blogger: Debra is the mother of two preternaturally attractive girls and the author of a number of books about ancient Greece, including Trying Neaira: The True Story of a Courtesan's Scandalous Life in Ancient Greece. She writes and blogs from her subterranean lair in North Haven, CT. Read more.

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  






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