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Posts tagged Humor

Margaret Halsey, With Malice Towards Some (New York: Simon and Schuster, 19...

Margaret Halsey, With Malice Towards Some (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1938)

A Best Seller in 1938 That Remains a Fun Read, by Kevin R. Kosar, September 22, 2009 Margaret Halsey was all of 27 years of age when she published With Malice Toward Some.  It sold 800,000 copies.  Not a bad way to start a writing career, for sure. The book’s birth was the product of […]

Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (New York: Vintage 20...

Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (New York: Vintage 2004)

“A Peculiar, Amusing, and Impressive Story,” by Kevin R. Kosar, September 17, 2009 Christopher John Francis Boone has Asperger Syndrome, a disease a bit like autism that leaves its victims with very limited abilities to empathize or interact with other human beings.  This is his story.  As told by him. Before you say, “Oh, dear—too […]

Roy Blount, Jr. Not Exactly What I Had in Mind (Boston: The Atlantic Monthly Press, 19...

Roy Blount, Jr. Not Exactly What I Had in Mind (Boston: The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1985)

Why I Will Never Again Trust Anything Garrison Keillor Says, by Kevin R. Kosar, August 30, 2009 I cannot recall where I found this book, but I snatched it up because I had heard that Blount was a funny writer.  The dust jacket includes effusive praise. Garrison Keillor exclaims, “Roy Bount’s stuff makes me laugh […]

John Gardner, The Liquidator (NY: The Viking Press, 19...

John Gardner, The Liquidator (NY: The Viking Press, 1964)

Once More to the Recycling Bin by Kevin R. Kosar I came across the book in a recycling bin; it was piled in there with other titles from three or more decades back.  Their authors were the pop stars of their time, DeVries, Simenon, Michener, and Ludlum. The books had been discarded because the owner […]

Mark Haddon, A Spot of Bother (NY: Random House, 20...

Mark Haddon, A Spot of Bother (NY: Random House, 2007)

Madcap, 21st Century Brit Fiction, by Kevin R. Kosar, August 20, 2008 Awfully funny, shockingly bawdy, and frequently quite touching. Haddon has a very good eye for people. If you like looney English fiction, you’ll probably enjoy this.

Gary Shteyngart, Absurdistan: A Novel (NY: Random House, 20...

Gary Shteyngart, Absurdistan: A Novel (NY: Random House, 2006)

Swung for the Fence but Hit a Flare into Short Right Field, by Kevin R. Kosar, May 15, 2007 During the first third or so of the book, one gets the impression that Shtenyngart is trying to pull off something big, something like Saul Bellow did in The Adventures of Augie March (Penguin Classics) or […]

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