The World as I Found It

The World as I Found It

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ISBN-13: 9781590173602
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Series: NYRB Classics Series
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 774,018
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Bruce Duffy is the author of the autobiographical novel Last Comes the Egg (1997), and—to appear June 2011—Disaster Was My God, a novel based on the life and work of the poet Arthur Rimbaud. An only child raised in a Catholic middle-class family in suburban Maryland, Duffy sees the 1962 death of his mother—essentially by medical malpractice— as what pushed him to be a writer. Duffy graduated from the University of Maryland in 1973, and has hitchhiked twice across the United States, worked construction, washed dishes, hopped freight trains with hoboes, and reported stories that have taken him to Haiti, Bosnia, and Taliban Afghanistan. Today he lives just outside Washington, D.C., works as a speechwriter, is married to a psychotherapist, and has two grown daughters and a stepson. Writing in Salon, Joyce Carol Oates named The World As I Found It as one of “five great nonfiction novels,” calling it “one of the most ambitious first novels ever published.” A former Guggenheim fellow, Duffy has won the Whiting Writers’ Award and a Lila Wallace–Reader’s Digest Award.


David Leavitt ’s books include The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer and the novel The Indian Clerk, a finalist for both the PEN/Faulkner Prize and the IMPAC /Dublin Literary Award. He co-directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Florida.Bruce Duffy was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Irish American parents. His novels include The World as I Found It and Last Comes the Egg. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award. He lives in Maryland.

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The World as I Found It 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Larry54 More than 1 year ago
There is something about this novel that makes it impossible to put down. The characters are not only fascinating but also historical figures and great minds. Duffy uses his creative skill to give us a satisfying look into the great minds of these people, not only in terms of their philosophy, but also in terms of their humanity.
michaelbartley on LibraryThing 10 months ago
a very good bio novel about wittgenstein-a very strange and trouble man, brillent but stange
freetrader on LibraryThing 10 months ago
It's not biography, but because it is very well researched, there's the thrill of just what is exactly true an where the fiction starts. It gets you real 'up close and personal' to a few very great but weird minds of the 20th century. Where Wittgenstein is mostly dark and tragic, tense and lonely, Russel is depicted in a sometimes quite hilarious way, adding a lighter note to the book. After reading, one thing is clear: even the great minds are just people.
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