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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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"Please keep God’s lines short and few.”

Not only is the guy who wrote The Caine Mutiny and Marjorie Morningstar still alive, he's playing with experimental forms.

Old enough to remember Simon and Schuster as actual people (“they were as different as chalk and cheese”), Mr. Wouk has written a novel that is startling in its modernity, at least in terms of format. “The Lawgiver,” which arrives on Tuesday, weaves a comedic yarn using letters, text messages, memos, Variety articles, e-mails and Skype transcripts.

Man, Philip Roth, you gonna let this 97 year old show you up? Get back in the game.



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HereKitty

Thanks, Nicole--Winds of War-besotted 15-year-old me is SO EXCITED about this!

jams

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purefog

That's "97-year-old."

noReally

Until college, all I knew about Jews was from the All-of-a-Kind Family and Herman Wouk.

Elsajeni

Dear NY Times: 97 is old, but I'm not sure it's old enough to consider the epistolary form "startling in its modernity."

irieagogo

I just reread "Marjorie Morningstar" AND watched the movie, which was pee-yuuuu stinky! Noel is only supposed to be 10 years older than Marjorie but GENE KELLY was cast and he was close to 30(!!!) years older than the lovely Natalie Wood. He looks good, but he is not Noel Airmann as described by Wouk.

The best parts were CLAIRE TREVOR putting on a New York Jewish mother accent, as Marjorie's mom, and the clothes and mid-century furniture.

Kathryn Funkhouser@twitter

Oh, man. I wrote half of a play in college and sent it to my mom, who pointed out that I had inadvertently made my protagonist talk exactly like Marsha from Marjorie Morningstar. It's that ingrained. I think about that book whenever I look at lobsters or anyone named Shapiro. I don't know if I can handle this.

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jack89

And I couldn't even stand in line for the schnitzel truck... my fingers got cold and tingley... If I made it even a portion of the way, my group would toss me off the mountain for whining. High PR Backlinks

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