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  • An American cultural hero celebrated for his wry, loonily imaginative commentary on war, apocalypse, technology, materialism and other afflictions... One of the last of a generation of great American novelists of World War II

    Los Angeles Times
  • Like listening to the monologue of an interesting man whose tongue has been loosened by just one glass of wine

  • Fates Worse Than Death is honest and scarily funny, and it offers a rare insight into an author who has customarily hidden his heart

    New York Times
  • A truly great work of moral philosophy

    The Age
  • Fates Worse Than Death is the latest volume of his cunning, rambling, edgy sermonettes, his wry, moral bomblets chucked night after night from podium and pulpit into gatherings of shrinks and museologists, Anglicans, architects, MIT graduands and the like. Rumours that the old boy was losing his knack of drilling straight into the nerve of western complacency can, on the evidence of this marvellously tetchy wit, be discounted.


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