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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant novel of ideas, December 9, 2009
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When someone describes a book as a 'novel of ideas' it's almost a sure bet it's boring and lacks believable characters (think Ayn Rand), but there are a few exceptions and this is definitely one of them. The basic story line of The Anthologist is the struggle of a poet to put together an anthology of rhyming poems. The problem is he has a huge writers block as regards the introduction. Boring, right? Wrong!! This particular poet is someone you'll want to take home and make a cup of tea for, someone you'll want to sit down and have a long talk with. He's a disturbingly honest klutz who also happens to talk more interestingly about poetry than anyone you've ever known. Admittedly talking interestingly about poetry isn't something most of us have ever heard anyone do, but in this case it's fascinating, even for those of us who didn't think we gave a damn about poetry. This book makes poetry and poets as interesting as athletics and athletes or crime and criminals. It'll send you digging for those old anthologies of poems you put in the back of your closet after college. And it'll make you sound incredibly smart the next time you get caught in a discussion of literature.
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