Thursday, October 6, 2011

Booking Through Thursday: Odd

What’s the oddest book you’ve ever read? Did you like it? Hate it? Did it make you think?
One of the oddest books I've read in recent years has to be Bowl of Cherries, by Millard Kaufman. It's a picaresque about a young man who falls in love with the daughter of an eccentric scholar and follows her almost literally to the ends of the Earth- a dusty prison in a backwater of Iraq, where he awaits execution at the hands of his rival for her affections. It's written in an exaggerated literary style- you'll want to have your dictionary handy- and it's a comic masterpiece, really. Here's my full review. Kaufman was the creator of Mister Magoo and this was his first novel, published at the age of 92. After his death a second book was published, the crime novel Misadventure. Both came out in very attractive editions from McSweeney's. I enjoyed both books; I'm not crazy about picaresques but the characters in Bowl of Cherries really kept me engaged and reading.

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