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This book has tons of typos. The fact that the publisher misspelled Dashiell Hammett's name in the product listing is a warning to readers. I love the Hammett stories, but this edition has so many misplaced em-dashes, British spellings, misspelled words, missing accent marks that it makes for an irritating read. For example in "The Tenth Clew" a passage reads "put the screws on bun" instead of "put the screws on him." These kinds of mistakes are the result of lazy editing, what happens when someone copies text from the Internet without proofing it. I do not recommend this book....Read more
This book suffers from shameful editing. I should say NO EDITING. What this POD publisher did was download the text from an online source, set the text in garamond, and then they printed it sans proper footnote placement, sans the musical notations, sans any sense of attractive page design. Buy the Dover edition of this book: Beethoven's Letters. DO NOT BUY THIS PIECE OF GARBAGE!...Read more
This was a required book when I was an undergrad back in the 1970s. I hadn't learned much writing in high school and so appreciated how the author explained, both with text and graphics, how to organize a short essay. The valuable instruction in this book has stayed with me for thirty years. If you're having trouble organizing your thinking and writing at a basic level, pick up a used copy....Read more
I can't think of a better book to put in the hands of a young writer: it inspires, teaches, comforts, and offers endless hope. I first read this book in hardback in 1983 -- still saddened by the author's death in a motorcycle accident the year before -- and I've enjoyed reading it many times since. In a beautiful and touching foreword Raymond Carver, a student of Gardner's in the '50s, writes that Gardner gave to the teaching of fiction the same energy and devotion to craft and moral concerns that he gave to his novels. Gardner's main objective in this book, as he states early on, is "to deal with, and if possible get rid of, the beginning novelist's worries." Does he do that? Well, he certainly helps the young writer answer a crucial question: Am I talented enough to write novels? Gardner explores the indicators -- sensitivity to language, an eye for significant detail, the knack of sustaining a narrative ("a vivid and continuous dream"), self-awareness, curiosity, nerve, empathy, a huge curiosity about people. (Gardner believes that lousy people will necessarily write lousy books.) Gardner also addresses some of the darker aspects of the writing life: writer's block, rejection, depression, suicide. And through it all he draws upon beliefs and practices that sustained him through the ups and downs of his controversial career, thus providing beginning novelists with a faith that can sustain them in the years to come....Read more
I too, like the previous reviewer, have never regretted buying this book. I've since moved on to other texts, audio, and so on. But I will always cherish this book for having shepherded me gently into this marvelous, and sometimes perplexing, language....Read more
I loved German teacher Glen Cady, and was wrapped up in his story over the course of one enjoyable weekend. Weesner does a great job of getting inside both the head of Glen Cady and the heart of this sad tale of splitting up, finding love on two continents, losing one's profession, and then finding happiness all over again. I especially liked the dual stories, set in the USA and Germany....Read more
I recently needed to score in the top 50% on the verbal section. With the help of GRE EXAM VERBAL WORKBOOK, I scored in the top 85%! The book introduced the test remarkarbly well & made me comfortable with the GRE's approach to asking questions. Highly recommended. Oddly, the book does contain typos....Read more
This was John Gardner's last and best novel. The hero of the story, Peter Mickelsson, is a brilliant professor of philosophy who's fallen on hard times. His marriage has dissolved. The IRS is dunning him. His attorney is giving him bad advice. And he's holding the wrong end of the bottle to boot. In a last-ditch effort to mend his cracked-up life, he buys a farm in Pennsylvania. There he sets about restoring the old farmhouse, only to find that the place is haunted. The ghosts of former occupants just don't want to give the place up--not yet anyway.
This wonderful work is sadly out-of-print. Please check your local used bookstore. Or search online for it. This book is a real masterpiece. Don't miss it....Read more