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William John Locke

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Chicago received a representative of a great daily newspaper who desired to interview him. The interviewer was a typical American reporter, blue-eyed, high cheekboned, keen, nervous, finely strung, courteous, intensely alive, desirous to get to the heart of my friend's mystery, and charmingly responsive to his frank welcome. They talked. My friend, to give the young man his story, discoursed on Chicago's amazingly solved problem of the conglomeration of all the races under Heaven. To point his remarks and mark his contrasts he used the words "we English" and "you Americans." After a time the young man smiled and said: "But am not an American—at least I'm an American citizen, but I'm not a born American."

"But," cried my friend, "you're the essence of America."

"No," said the young man, "I'm an Icelander."

Thus it was natural for Liosha's father to find an Albanian wife in Chicago. She too was superficially Americanised. When they returned to A. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Written like the author ate the Oxford English Dictionary for lunch and then threw it up all over his manuscript.

Goodreads just ate my looong review for this and I really don't have the drive to write it all again, so, in a nutshell:

Four friends from childhood. The first becomes a successful something-or-other and is the staid gentlemen who narrates this tale. The second of the quad dies. The third is a bit...more