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The Sunlight Dialogues Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00AG8HK7W
- Publisher : Open Road Media (September 21, 2010)
- Publication date : September 21, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 4833 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 788 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0811216705
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #908,994 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Sunlight Dialogues was set in 1966 and published in 1972. It is set in upstate New York in the town of Batavia. It's principal characters are the police chief and a mysterious drifter. Around those two figures are a multitude of various family members, town citizens and officials drawn into incidents that seemingly cannot be explained. There is subject matter and situations in this book, which almost profoundly might make you think (as they did me) that they still ring true today, that sadly some things have not changed since 1966.
John Gardner was one of our finest writers of the 20th century. I highly recommend this book, along with his other works such as The Resurrection, October Light and Michaelson's Ghosts.
I once met John Gardner because he was a friend and colleague of my music composition professor. They had collaborated on three operas, and Gardner had talked at length with my professor about his philosophy of Art. Regarding "The Sunlight Dialogues," he told my professor friend that, "We have to get to the Clumlys of the world," or words to that effect. He believed that the strict, by the book, law and order practiced byChief Clumly and his kind, needed to be modified, toned down, if society was to become peaceful and harmonious. I feel that his book, which is set in the late 1960s when society's fabric was being torn asunder by the Hippie Generation, is still relevant today when we are so divided along partisan lines.
The book arrived in a timely manner, and is a sturdy paperback edition. John Gardner was a great writer, capable of describing scenes where a great complexity of emotion is being expressed. It is a long book, and the author includes a large amount of detail. His writing is so good, however, that I did not find this to be tedious as his narrative kept me engaged in the unfolding story. Unfortunately, he died in 1982, leaving behind a respectable body of work. We were deprived, however, of seeing how his development as a novelist might have played out in the coming years.
Most importantly, the Kindle edition does not include the illustrations. The print editions of all of John Gardner's works that I have read (except perhaps "The Wreckage of Agathon") were accompanied by marvelous illustrations that were an integral part of the reading experience. It couldn't possibly have cost that much to scan these illustrations and include them in this edition.
Secondly, there are numerous typographical errors. I would be more forgiving if this were a free (or nearly free) edition, but at the price I think a little proofreading is a reasonable expectation.