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The Collected Stories
John McGahern
Middlemarch
George Eliot
Omensetter's Luck
William H. Gass
Swann's Way
Marcel Proust, Lydia Davis
A Naked Singularity (Paper)
Sergio De La Pava
The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews
Geoff Dyer
Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace
Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self
Claire Tomalin
Maps and Legends
Michael Chabon
The Meaning of Night - Michael Cox Written in the style and voice of an author from mid 1850s England. Pretty good I guess, maybe a 7/10. Even though much of its bulk was because of the overblown phrasings of the period, it still could have been edited a bit more severely. It begs the interesting question of how much extraneous description is need when writing in the style of excess? What is extraneous to the essential excessiveness? In other words, how much of the excessiveness is required to maintain the style, beyond which it merely becomes self-indulgent? Can they be separated?