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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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