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Mysteries and thrillers hinge on basic questions: whodunit, whydunit and the dreaded had-I-but-known. Then there's what-might-have-been, which is the domain of thrillers that recount alternate histories. Instead of fashioning chaos out of order in a world...
Tags: Crimes, Judaism, Death, Murder, Government
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIf the selection of French writer Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio as the 2008 Nobel literature laureate has anything to tell us, it's that Horace Engdahl means what he says. Last week, Engdahl, the Swedish Academy's permanent secretary, called American...
By Richard Rayner "Ulysses" (Vintage: $17 paper) is the description of a single day, June 16, 1904, a day in the mingled lives of characters walking, talking, dreaming, eating, drinking, mourning and climaxing their way through the hours of an average...
Tags: Crimes, Crosswords, Edna O'Brien, Death, England
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterAH, longevity. Without it, we would have to think differently about Philip Roth. Despite the success and notoriety (and, yes, outright brilliance) of "Goodbye, Columbus" and "Portnoy's Complaint," his early career is, frankly, spotty, marked by minor...
Right about then, the Age of Aquarius seemed to be reaching an apocalyptic conclusion: Amid campus riots, a contentious war and political assassinations, it was hard not to feel fatalistic. And Robert Silverberg, a New York writer who'd recently...
Tags: Death, John Updike, England, Health and Safety at School, Genres
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterLOS ANGELES, the playwright and performance artist Luis Alfaro once said, is "like a bunch of little border towns, and you have to cross over those borders. If you figure out the dynamics of each little border town, you can get along well." He's right...
John Updike, the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction whose novels and short stories exposed an undercurrent of ambivalence and disappointment in small-town, middle-class America, died Tuesday. He was 76. Updike's death from lung cancer was...
Tags: Judaism, Arts, Death, Pulitzer Prize Awards, John Updike
Special to the TimesTHOUGH he has published six books since 2000, John Updike, it seems, really wants our attention. "Terrorist." You knew, sooner or later, he was going to get around to this -- shocks to the American system are an Updike specialty (see, among others,...
Since Jack London's mysterious death in 1916, he has been, like one of the frozen men in his Klondike tales, a writer encased in his own reputation: We know him as the dog writer. Whether it was Buck in "The Call of the Wild," coming to terms with his...
Tags: Jack London, Death
++++++++++++++++++++ || Fiction || Weeks on list || || 1. || The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (Ecco: $25.95) A mute dog breeder is banished by his uncle à la "Hamlet." || 11 || || 2. || The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory (Touchstone:...
Times Staff WriterSchool is a unifying experience, one that almost everybody shares. Perhaps that's why so much has been written about it, including the children's books of Barbara Park and the novels of James Hilton and John Knowles. Still, of all the levels of education,...
Tags: Bill Clinton, Death, Don DeLillo, Family, Education
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterONE OF THE ways to recognize truly great writers is that even their mistakes engage us. Philip Roth is our greatest living novelist, and his new book, "Indignation," is an irritating, puzzling and fascinating bundle of mistakes, miscalculations and self-...
Tags: Judaism, Lawyers, Death, Family, Health and Safety at School
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