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Books of the Century: A Hundred Years of Authors, Ideas and Literature | Charles McGrath
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Presents book reviews and essays on literature originally published in The New York times book review.
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@laur89 I thought this might interest you. It‘s in the tagged book but you can also find it here: https://www.nytimes.com/1996/10/06/books/too-big-to-write-smaller.html. I think he got away with the length because of who he was and it SHOULD have been edited down! (Article contains spoilers that this snippet doesn‘t.) @Hestapleton @twohectobooks

twohectobooks Yep, I agree. Sister Carrie was written earlier, is way shorter, and is way better (although I reserve judgment till the end). 4mo
JCPaulk I wanted to like it, but an English lit professor ruined it 20 years ago by telling us the ending. 4mo
Susannah This is so interesting. I think the tendency of established, popular writers to write more and more pages as their careers progress is (still) a real problem today. Look at Diana Gabaldon: I know people joyfully gobble up every page she writes, but I read Outlander, and even that first of the series was massively overwritten. “Where was the editor?” is a regular refrain for me. 4mo
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Lcsmcat @Susannah Yes! Dare I say in public that I think Harry Potter, Book 4 needed a firm editor? Rowling had reached international fame at that point and I felt like it could have been trimmed but she didn‘t have to make concessions in order to get published, so she didn‘t. 4mo
Susannah Exactly. And people want more, don‘t they, even if it has a negative impact on the story that‘s being told. It feels like a lack of editorial oversight to me. 4mo
laur89 So interesting. On the other end, you have authors like Gaiman, who release a well-edited book like American Gods, and then come out with an anniversary edition with a lot of the text that was edited out. 4mo
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I get a lot of my books from library book sales. Also secondhand stores, ThriftBooks, BetterWorldBooks, local indies, and, on occasion, Amazon. #booksource #30JuneBooks @howjessreads

Crazeedi I want to go!!!😉💞 6mo
Amiable I was at a library book sale this afternoon! Love them. 6mo
Lcsmcat @Amiable How fun! @Crazeedi This one was a month or so ago, but I‘m still working on the book haul from it. 6mo
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I love perusing the “Oops!” sidebars almost as much as the reviews. And I had to share this one with the #catherbuddyread. 😆

Lindy Is Charles McGrath calling feminist novels inartistic? 8mo
Lcsmcat Not Charles McGrath. Whoever was writing reviews in the New York Times in 1913. 8mo
Graywacke Wow 8mo
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Crazeedi This is interesting!! 8mo
Lcsmcat @Graywacke @Crazeedi There‘s also an interview with her from 1924, after My Antonía was published. You can also find it online here: https://www.nytimes.com/1924/12/21/archives/-restlessness-such-as-ours-does-not-... (edited) 8mo
CarolynM Oh, I don't know, I think she might have🤔😂 8mo
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My #bookhaul, sitting on the table we found to go next to my reading chair. All this for $3, and it supported a library.
Which ones have you read?

TheReadingMermaid 😲😍😲 8mo
Melissa_J Wow!! 8mo
Djspens Nice pile!! 8mo
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Amiable Awesome haul! 8mo
Mdargusch 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 8mo
DivineDiana Amazing haul! 👏🏻❤️📚👏🏻❤️ 8mo
TaciturnWhenReading That. Is. Amazing! 8mo
Graciouswarriorprincess That‘s amazing! 8mo
baes Wow! 😊 8mo
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Three historical Oops!es from the NYTimes book review.

Laura317 These are hilarious! “Cut out the jerks...they depress me.” 😂😂😂 1y
MicheleinPhilly Asylum waif??? 😂😂😂😂 1y
sprainedbrain You have to wonder who they had writing these. 😂😂😂 1y
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Caroline2 Oh I must admit I agree with the catch-22 review! I didn‘t not get on with that book at all!! 😳 1y
Aimeesue I agree with the Anne of Green Gables review - there's no change in her from beginning to end-but i disagree with their stance. That's the point of AoGG! Anne is Anne is Anne, wherever she goes. People don't change Anne; she changes THEM. I 1y
tpixie Amazing! 1y
zsuzsanna_reads @Caroline2 I used to love it in my teens and twenties but had to bail on a reread recently! 1y
zsuzsanna_reads @Laura317 @tpixie @sprainedbrain I'll try and post some more of these. 😊 1y
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I picked up this gem of a book from.the Oxfam shop over the summer. It was published on the centenary of the NYTimes Book Review and has 626 pages of book reviews, essays and author interviews published between 1896 & 1997. Not to mention what they call Oops!-es, when the reviewer just got it wrong. If you come across this, it's really worth getting.