Ben Lerner

I read Ben Lerner’s The Topeka School on audible, and loved it but knew I had missed too much. So now I’m reading it in print (well, digital print). It is a beautiful book and his mastery of the craft of writing is stunning.

I liked it so much that I immediately read 10:04 This is a novel clearly written by a poet. It is short, lyrical, and elegiac.

You can find both in my tiny bookshop.

Book Review in a ‘graph. The Passenger

4 /5 Stars

Cormac McCarthy is one of our great writers, no doubt. The Road was a masterpiece. This one is very good, but not, in my eyes, amazing (which is what it takes for me to give 5 stars). He has an incredible ear for dialog, and I’m very much looking forward to the second book in this series.

Maybe I missed it, but he sets up a mystery (or a couple) and never resolves them. Again, might be in the second book.