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Steady, but also passionate, boundlessly receptive, but willing to tender strong judgment, Alan Cheuse is the reader any writer would want. For the same reasons, he is a writer serious readers will feel instantly connected to. Listening to the Page is a generous and wise and quietly instructive book of essays.
— Marvin J. LaHood
— Jacob Molyneux
[An] incisive and vivifying essay collection.... Cheuse is wholly engaged and creative, stoking readers' hunger and helping them understand the bounty of their pursuit.
This is a fascinating book -- and why not? Cheuse has probably read as much as anyone ever.
Despite his several novels and story collections, Alan Cheuse remains best known as the book critic on the public radio show 'All Things Considered.' The essays collected in Listening to the Page are longer and deeper than his pithy radio reviews and reveal a commitment to reading as a passionate engagement with life.
|Introduction: Getting Started; or, Two Thousand Books||1|
|1||Writing It Down for James: Some Thoughts on Reading Toward the Millennium||15|
|2||Books in Flames: A View of Latin American Literature||33|
|3||The Lost Books||46|
|4||Hamlet in Haiti: Style in Carpentier's The Kingdom of This World||55|
|5||Traces of Light: The Paradoxes of Narrative Painting and Pictorial Fiction||77|
|6||Truth as Fiction: Or, the Tail of the Monstrous Peacock||94|
|7||The Consolation of Art||107|
|8||You Can Read Wolfe Again||119|
|9||Stories of Deep Delight||134|
|10||Of Steinbeck and Salinas||150|
|11||The Return of James Agee||159|
|12||Mario Vargas Llosa and Conversation in the Cathedral: The Question of Naturalism||176|
|13||Where Is She Going? Where Has She Been?: Elizabeth Tallent's "No One's a Mystery" and the Poetry of Female Initiation||184|
|14||A Wintry Saga||192|
|15||Bernard and Juliet: Romance and Desire in Malamud's High Art||198|
|16||Fitzgerald's Christmas Carol, or the Burden of "The Camel's Back"||207|
|17||A Note on Landscape in All the Pretty Horses||215|
|19||Confessions of an Ex-Minimalist||227|
|20||On the Contemporary||243|
|21||Of the Making of Books||254|
|22||Voices: A Conversation||272|