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The Spectator Bird (Penguin Classics) Paperback – July 27, 2010
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Starred Review. Edward Herrmann is perhaps best known to younger audiences as kindly, patrician Richard Gilmore on the television series Gilmore Girls. Here, Herrmann uses his same elegant persona to amplify and underscore the bittersweet nuance of Stegner's novel about a retired man who travels to his mother's Danish hometown. There are hidden reserves of frustration and displeasure in Stegner's tale, and Herrmann aptly conveys these emotions with short, sharp bursts of dialogue matched with longer, more drawn-out ellipses of exposition. He even manages a serviceable Danish accent to top off his flawless performance. (Feb.)
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"Elegant and entertaining . . . every scene [is] adroitly staged and each effect precisely accomplished." —The Atlantic
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I was distracted by numerous typos and formatting errors due to slipshod editing. e-texts should be easy to get right, and fix them when they are not. But I digress.
If you want to understand your grandfather or irascible uncle who is approaching seventy and not liking it, who may be alternately hilarious and inscrutable, read this book.