Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer, 1943-1954, by Jeffrey Cartwright

Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer, 1943-1954, by Jeffrey Cartwright

by Steven Millhauser
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Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer, 1943-1954, by Jeffrey Cartwright 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm giving this one five stars because it is an outstanding book, but I think the reader should contemplate all meanings of outstanding before purchasing this book. This review notwithstanding, this is the sort of book that will stand out in your mind long after you finish reading. On the surface, the ending leaves perhaps the most lasting impression. It is definitely worth a read, and perhaps a re-read. Mr. Millhauser has a genius for detail. I believed every word. And, when it came down to those last few months in 1954, I read with such a maniac frenzy, with such foreboding, I'm sorry to say it ruined the rest of my day. But for sheer artistry alone, to see what can be done with our language, the reader owes this book more than a passing glance. Throw yourself in, and let it spit you out on the other side.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The perfect picture of childhood; two friends, one a bit older than the other, observes the life of the title character from birth to death with an eye for minutae that will on the one hand have you in stitches and on the other hand have you shaking your head in amazement at Millhauser's ability to recollect things. Left off most 'Top 100: books of the 20th century lists, 'Edwin Mullhouse' ranks as my third favorite book of all times, behind 'A Separate Peace' and anything by P.G. Wodehouse.
richardsawyer More than 1 year ago
After being impressed with Martin Dressler, I was looking forward to this book. However, in comparison with that fine book, this one was disappointing. I think it is a satire, but I could not figure out whether Edwin actually wrote a masterpiece, or the author is making fun of a kid that is nothing but a little brat. I really enjoyed parts of the book; descriptions of toys and cartoons that reminded me of my own childhood, but to end with a suicide in such a light-hearted matter left me cold.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Edwin Mullhouse is one of my favorite novels of all time. Steven Millhauser captivates his audience with vivid descriptions and every word he uses is absolutely perfect. This novel is funny, very touching and sad and I would recommend it to everyone.