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Review: 'Festival of Earthly Delights' a classic expatriate tale
Review: 'Festival of Earthly Delights' a classic expatriate tale

--------------------The Festival of Earthly DelightsA NovelMatt DojnyDzanc Books: 462 pp., $23--------------------Is there an English word for loopy openheartedness, for humor that careens into extremes but is grounded in surprisingly moving characters? "Vonnegutian" is too much for a book that doesn't try to reflect, in a larger sense, on the human condition, and it's a lot to put on a first-time novelist. But Matt Dojny's world view is so much the same: Maybe his book is "Vonnegutian"-ish.In "The Festival of Earthly Delights," Dojny takes us to Puchai, a small, fictional country in Southeast Asia. We get there via the letters of Boyd Darrow, a twentysomething American who...

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