Pretty good, a stream-of-consciousness style that made me impatient quite often. I learned a lot about the narrator's views on poetry, though I don't think they are necessarily widely accepted. It seems like a long way to tell the under-story, which is really the main story.
I stumbled across this by accident...and I loved it. It helps to have been a lit major and to enjoy fussing about meter...but it is a touching and very amusing read even without that. Can't say that I would read it again and again, or take it to a desert island...but I'm sure glad I read it once.
A book that starts, ?Hello, this is Paul Chowder, and I'm going to tell you everything I know' must be a bit tongue in cheek. After all Paul is a second-rate poet writing the introduction to a poetry anthology and he lives in Maine.
I spent years waking to Garrison Keillor's 'The Writers' Almanac' and now get my poem of the day online. So, Paul's procrastination, his hoping to win back former girlfriend Roz and his musing on poets and poetry are just plain fun. I'm glad books like this still get published! It's a gem.
This is a funny, engaging novel about a lacklustre poet and professor who is suffering writer's block over writing the introduction to a poetry anthology. It's so bad his girlfriend has left him because of it. This entertaining novel is the best way I can think of to learn about poetic style while reading fiction.
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