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From: Michael Straight <straight@email.unc.edu>
Subject: Re: (urth) Is Free Live Free worth it?
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 08:21:27 

On Tue, 30 Jan 2001 Redhaven1@aol.com wrote:

> I'm just starting Free Live Free and it seems darker and grittier than 
> anything by Wolfe I've read yet.  Actually, I'm not really enjoying it at 
> all.  I would just give Wolfe the benefit of the doubt (he's never let me 
> down yet) and read it trusting it will be better, but I'm coming to this list 
> for advice.  Maybe this book was his one dud.  What did you guys think of it? 
>  Is Free Live Free worth it?  (i.e.  Does it get better?)

I think Free Live Free is easily Wolfe's funniest book.  In fact the
phrase "madcap adventures" comes to my fingertips.   It's also got a
humdinger of a puzzle to fit everything together at the end (I hope you've
got the edition with the timeline in the back--BUT DON'T PEEK AT IT!)

I think Free Live Free is the best of Wolfe's "modern" novels,
(Castleview, There Are Doors, Pandora).


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