Creationists: Selected Essays 1993-2006

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Through the eyes of a great American writer, readers will consider the secrets of literary creativity and whether they're different for science or slapstick comedy. Unabridged. 5 CDs.

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Alissa

Feb 26, 2009

Not as good as I had hoped

Creationists begins with the biblical creation myth and closes with an essay on the atomic bomb and the H-bomb. In between are essays on a variety of fiction authors among them Poe, Hemingway, Kafka and Twain.

I generally enjoy books about books, but I wasn't overly impressed with Creationists. These essays were never originally intended to be part of single volume, and I guess I felt they could have benefited from a little bit more overall structure. Perhaps one just needs to take each one on its own merits. The closest this book comes to an over-arching theme might be the age-old question: Where do authors get their ideas?

Part of my problem is that despite having majored in English in college, and despite being a voracious reader, I have only read maybe fifty percent of the books discussed. Somehow, I have managed to make it this far without reading either Moby Dick or Uncle Tom's Cabin, both are on my list of books to read some day, but so far I haven't gotten around to them.

There are here and there in Creationists some interesting insights, some ideas to ponder, but I found myself not able to get into this book.

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