A fabulous work of American lit. It fits perfectly in the canon of Steinbeck, McCullers, Fitzgerald, even Hemingway. The themes are familiar and welco..Show More »ming. Here we have the great obsession, which is becoming increasingly British too, more's the pity, with living a comfortable life, materially replete, but at the same time, anaesthetised, numb to reality. This principle is personified as Seymour 'Swede' Levov, whose calm, laid-back, Johnny Appleseed approach to life is belied by those who share his world. The Swede is like an old cart horse who plods unknowingly along while the world beneath the surface becomes increasingly complex and angst ridden. He is a nexus of tranquillity at the heart of a storm of repressed rage.
Unusual story. It is big and small at the same time. Minute details of lives, political and philosophical ideas. A life with celebrity, as a recluse, ..Show More »how each story matters to those engaged and then it disappears. Hated the recording on the sample. Ran out of time to read so had to teturn to it. Loved the narration proper.