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Book review: 'The Four Fingers of Death' by Rick Moody
Book review: 'The Four Fingers of Death' by Rick Moody

The Four Fingers of DeathA NovelRick MoodyLittle, Brown: 730 pp., $25.99Rick Moody grew up on a nutritious diet of Pynchon, Vonnegut (to whom this book is dedicated), Roth and Updike, some Melville and Hawthorne for New England-style moralizing, a pinch of Carlos Castaneda for spice and a good helping of the Bible (comfort food, the cassava of Western culture). He has described — in four previous novels, two story collections, a collection of novellas and a memoir — exactly what it might be like to grow up on planet Earth in the late 20th and early 21st centuries: broken promises, broken relationships, great hopes for technology and the quickening devastation of beauty.We know...

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