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The Book of Daniel Paperback – 1984
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In a nutshell, the editions is full of errors, misspellings, missing words, incorrect capitalization, in short it was probably done by a scanner without a proper editor ever reviewing the result.
I verified these errors against a paper edition (Modern Library Edition 2005)
As an example, these three locations have "well" instead of "we'll" (it is correctly spelled in the printed edition):
P. 49: Well teach you!
p. 57: I will go back and take them to the park and well see if there are any boats on the river--
p. 58: There," Phyllis said. "You take a nap now. And soon well be at your grandma and grandpa's house
It's a shame!
As this book was written in 1971 so there are very many post-modern elements within. Most of the novel is Daniel’s first person exposition of events, but suddenly the narrative changes, often in mid-sentence, to third person. The book is fractured: letters, journal entries, Daniel’s dissertation, and presents us three endings, one more than The French Lieutenant’s Woman, written in 1969.
Doctorow is a masterful novelist, at home in any genre or technique, so these stunts are not forced or frivolous but integral to the plot. If you want to read a POMO novel without the gags and tricks of someone with a fresh MFA, playing with their new found toys, read this novel.