By now we’ve all heard about P. F. Kluge’s dazzling recent review in the Old Gray Lady. But now The Master Blaster is getting some major attention closer to home, too: Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer recently published this review on their website, cleveland.com. See just how similar Kluge is to Shakespeare after the jump.
Today’s New York Times (page C4, for you print edition fans) features a book review of The Master Blaster, the lastest novel by prolific Kenyon author and cigar smoker P.F. Kluge. They loved it! Central to the novel is the island of Saipan in the western Pacific, which Kluge has visited many times. Saipan is a U.S.
slave labor camp Commonwealth, which allows for the possibility of all sorts of nefarious things like cheap labor and low trade tariffs.
The novel is about a group who come to the island knowing little about it, or each other. Throughout the book, “the main characters explore the island and one another.” The Times also describes The Master Blaster as a “bewitching love letter to an utterly maddening place” and “tinged with thoughts of mortality.” Kluge’s voice, familiar to anyone who has taken one of his popular seminars (or anyone on the Collegian staff) is “seasoned, amused and vibrant.”
For any Kenyon students interested in learning more about the book, Kluge is having a lecture and discussion about it at the Bookstore this Thursday, from 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Writer-in-Residence P. F. Kluge has written a new novel, The Master Blaster, set to be released on March 29. According to Amazon.com, where the book is available for pre-order, The Master Blaster is “a luminous portrayal of strangers adrift in an intoxicating land,” and is set on Saipan, “America’s least-appreciated tropical island.” If you say so, Amazon, but I think it’s pretty clear (having read the cover of the book and none of the following pages) that the book is actually based on Kenyon, and Saipan is just a thinly-veiled Gambier in disguise. Nice try, Fred.
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