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William Styron is certainly one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.
My advice is don't even start this book, as you will feel strangely compelled to finish it, but you won't enjoy it one step of the way.
Characterization and writing are so clear and precise you know you are in the hands of a genius.
I finished "Set this House on Fire" a few days ago, and within started it again fem page 1 the next morning. I sensed this was a book that required a deeper, slower read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael F. Moye
Elderly used paperback still in good reading condition. Prompt arrival. This seller on my preferred list. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gloria Rogers-Bruse
You get the feeling while reading Set This House on Fire that with this 1960 novel, his second, author William Styron was practically busting a gut to turn out the Great American... Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. Buzalka
I finished this book, but I had to force myself. Why on earth the author felt we should be interested in ploughing through the drunken rantings of a bipolar personality begs... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sceptical
I must confess, this wasn't the book I was looking for when I wandered out into the stacks at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library with my sights set on William Styron's... Read morePublished 20 months ago by R. Russell Bittner
I expected more from this author and had to force myself to finish this book. He is a prize winning author and I was disappointed.Published 21 months ago by dorothy elizabeth
No doubt about it-- Styron can write! His control of his narrative is phenomenal--seamless switches from first to third person narrative, first-person narratives embedded in... Read morePublished on May 7, 2011 by A reader
I am still waiting to receive the book. The seller insists that I received it but has not re-sent it or refunded my money.Published on August 9, 2009 by Mary Beth Ansley