Back cover: ...literally a mini-encyclopedia about Apples: Apple history and folklore; health and nutrition notes; description of apple varieties; buying and handling apples; many illustrations in color
Tolkien meets Erica Jong by way of Isaac Asimov in this fanciful re-working of human evolution. A really good story but seriously marred (to my mind anyway) by Cullen's adolescent preoccupation with bodily functions and fluids and overly large male genitalia.
I had some trouble getting into this one but once I got about a quarter of the way it was a page-turner. The end was fairly predictable but the many twists and turns along the way kept it interesting. I could have done with less of the fight scenes.
I can't claim to have been able to follow all the political understories in this trilogy, but all three were great stories with characters that made you want to know how they were going to make out in the end.
Four widely diverse essays all written in 1977. Sage, sad wisdom from Kay Boyle in "lock up"; a frenetic and somewhat confusing account of events at Wounded Knee in 1973 from Thomas Sanchez; a fairly pointless and insipid (IMHO) piece by a young Erica Jong; and a grand curmudgeonly rant on America by an irascible 85-year-old Henry Miller.
This engaging and ocasionally profound chronicle of Miller's odessey through Greece at the start of WWII will hold a well-worn place in my permanent collection as I've no doubt I'll return to it again and again.