By Robert Pack, Jay Parini

ISBN-10: 0585333076

ISBN-13: 9780585333076

ISBN-10: 0874517591

ISBN-13: 9780874517590

Greater than 3 dozen voices supply assorted expressions of the dynamic interplay among lifestyle and the yankee realization, and lots of solutions to the query of the way to "construct a 'self' from the fabrics of existence in our contentious and infrequently incoherent culture."

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Their identical voices reminded me of T. S. Eliot reciting The Waste Land on the Caedmon album I had been given for my twelfth birthday. They were so reasonable; they managed to read even advertising copy as if they were delivering a lecture on art history. "The Gregorian Brothers have been in business since 1948," the precise voice said. "They have traveled the world, from the deserts of Baluchistan to the markets of Kabul, in search of fine rugs. Why not stop in to examine these lovely wares?

In his late forties then, my father adored this poem of old age; it evoked a time in life that I think he looked forward to, a time when he could walk along the beach himself and not have to think about getting old because he would be old. Why couldn't my mother quote Eliot? I fumed. It never occurred to me to imagine what my life would have been like if she had been an intellectual. What if I had come home from school every afternoon to find her, in faded jeans and a flannel work shirt, a Gauloise smoldering beside her, reading Being and Nothingness at the kitchen table?

I give up," I said at last, hungry for the brownies my mother was removing from the oven. "Come on," my father prompted, then snatched away the letter. " He wiped his plate with a slice of rye bread. " I asked. "Well, they're not exactly the same," my father said. " He pushed aside his chair and beckoned me to follow. " My mother's voice rang out in a sharp reprimand. " But he was already out of his seat and heading for the living room, where the one-volume OED stood open on a metal stand, exhibited as proudly as if it were the Book of Kells.

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