World's End (Contemporary American Fiction)
6 journalers for this copy...
T. Coraghessan Boyle returns to his native New York State with this darkly comic historical drama exploring several generations of families in the Hudson River Valley. Walter Van Brunt begins the book with a catastrophic motorcycle accident that sends him back on a historical investigation, eventually encompassing the frontier struggles of the late 1600s. Any book that opens with a three-page "list of principal characters" and includes chapters titled "The Last of the Kitchawanks," "The Dunderberg Imp," and "Hail, Arcadia!" promises a welcome tonic to the self-conscious inwardness of much contemporary fiction; World's End delivers and was rewarded with the PEN/Faulkner Award for 1988.
Journal Entry 2
Café Gloria (OBCZ) in Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Released 12 yrs ago (5/8/2007 UTC) at Café Gloria (OBCZ) in Zürich, Zürich Switzerland
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Yay! Now that Cocojo kindly provided the original version I might change my Bookring
into a ray =^.^=
OK, now this
is the Bookring of World's End. Because of my very huge TBR stack it travels forth unread; I'll read it when it comes back.
Send a PM if you are interested to enroll.
- okyrhoe, Athens
- Nell-Lu, Edinburgh
- Marsala, Nijmegen
- thy, Finland
The actual list can be found in the journal
of the new copy.
Journal Entry 5
Controlled release (Zürich) in -- controlled release --, Zürich Switzerland on Friday, May 25, 2007
Released 12 yrs ago (5/25/2007 UTC) at Controlled release (Zürich) in -- controlled release --, Zürich Switzerland
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
sent to pfiffigunde
...and there it was in the mailbox today, thank you, spy-there=^.^= !
Arrived in my p.o.box today. Thanks spy-there for including me in the ring, and pfiffigunde2 for posting the book to me!
Dec 10 - Will need some extra time to get done with this. Hopefully will be posting it to Nell-Lu before the holidays.
I really like TCB's writing...The language is engaging throughout (and I took my time to enjoy it without rushing). I feel that the PEN award is in appreciation of his talent, rather than this particular work. It's a good read, but I don't feel that it is going to be one of those 'Great American Novels' that will last through time. Of course, I do expect TC Boyle
to produce that Great Work eventually, because he certainly can!
On its way to Nell-Lu.
This arrived in Edinburgh today, along with a great collection of bookmarks. Thanks okyrhoe for passing it on and for the card; and thanks spy-there for setting up the ring. I've got two ring/ray books to read before this one so it will be late next week before I get onto it. I'm looking forward to it - I enjoy TC Boyle's writing.
I loved this. TC Boyle explores issues of destiny, inheritance, consequences, responsibility and history, but he does so with a cast of engaging characters and plenty of action. The writing is superb; it's considered and careful in its meaning, yet often playful in expression. The interweaving of stories past and present is fascinating. The main present-day character, Walter Van Brunt, is frustrating, but he manages to reveal much more than he is himself aware of.
I'm waiting for spy-there's addresss so that I can send this home. Thanks again for sharing!
This bookring has gained some new members! The book is all packaged up and ready to send to Marsala; I'll go to the Post Office this afternoon.
This book seems to have been lost in the post.
I'm really sorry. I have the receipt so I've filled in a Post Office form and they'll try to find the package. I don't know how long it will take. I'll let you know what happens, but in the meantime I'll look around for a copy of World's End in the local second-hand bookshops. I'll restart the ring if/when I manage to find a copy.
There's not a second-hand copy of World's End to be found in Edinburgh, so I've just ordered a copy from GreenMetropolis.com. It should be with me within a fortnight, and I'll send it straight on to Marsala.
I haven't heard anything at all from the Royal Mail about the missing copy.
This bookring is continuing with a new copy of World's End
. It'll be interesting to see if this copy ever turns up...
I received a form letter from the Royal Mail today apologising for losing this book, plus a cheque to cover the cost of the replacement. So, it doesn't look as if the book is likely to reach its destination. It may still surface somewhere, I guess, unless it's been completely destroyed somehow.
If you've found it, welcome to BookCrossing! We'd love to know where this book's travels have taken it.
This book has washed ashore at the Lost Book Island after not being heard from for many months. This new arrival will be shown to a room and be allowed a bit of rest before being introduced to the many fun things to do here at the island.
All around there are books sipping cool drinks under shady palms while other books participate in a wide variety of beach sports. There is plenty of sand, surf and sun here for all of the lost and wayward books to enjoy.
It is hoped that very soon a new journal entry will come to rescue this book from the island and send it back out into the BookCrossing world so that it may continue on its journey. It is hoped that the new journal entry will tell all the interested parties where this book has been this long time and where it will be traveling to next.