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From Publishers Weekly

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Kennedy presents an engaging, miscellaneous collection of essays, articles and reviews spanning the last 40 years.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Reading this book is a little like reading the Sunday papers. Between the covers is an amalgam of news stories; human interest pieces; music, dance, and travel items; personal essays; an obituary; and even a bit about the comics. The 86 pieces collected here are broken into six sections that date from 1954 through 1992. They include early news columns, interviews, book reviews, book introductions, and life experiences. Much of the text concerns writing, and Kennedy examines his own masterful creations as well as the great works that touched him. He speaks admiringly of Doctorow, Mailer, Bellow, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez and reverently of Joyce, Beckett, Hemingway, and Damon Runyon. Other pieces cover movies, sports, and, of course, Albany. Whether he's discussing his taste for oysters or the plight of the homeless, there's a touch of the poet about Kennedy, making his writing a great pleasure to read no matter what the subject. Another winner from Kennedy; highly recommended.
- Michael Rogers, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (May 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140159924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140159929
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,321,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Carroll VINE VOICE on February 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
William Kennedy's career as a journalist serves as the basis for this collection of his non-fiction. Broken into sections that discuss writing, writers, book reviews and a variety of character studies, RIDING THE YELLOW TROLLEY has a sense of organization often missing from this type of collection. There are a number of fascinating pieces here, from the dynamic interview with Gabriel Garcia Marquez (which provides the title for this collection) to wonderful sketches about Sinatra and Louis Armstrong. But the problem is there are just as many book reviews and profiles of writers where the subject matter just didn't hold my interest. Kennedy is a writer of talent and his career in journalism gives a solid foundation for this type of collection; I just found his insights that centered on personalities more intriguing than those where writing was the focus.
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