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Books I Read in 2002

January, 2002
The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkein
The Abolition of Man C.S. Lewis
The Fellowship of the Ring J.R.R. Tolkein

February, 2002
Call If You Need Me, The Uncollected Fiction and Other Prose Raymond Carver
Consciousness, Memoirs John Updike
The Screwtape Letters C.S. Lewis
The Coast of Good Intentions Michael Byers
The Burning House Ann Beatie
Advances in Anesthesia, Volume 19 eds. Carol L. Lake and Joel O. Johnson
The Humanity of God Karl Barth
The Two Towers J.R.R. Tolkein
The Return of the King J.R.R. Tolkein

March, 2002
International Anesthesiology Clinics, Health Economics and Pracice Management in Anesthesia eds. Alex Macario and Adrienne C. Lang
A Painted House John Grisham
Letting Go Philip Roth
'A!' His characters teach us truths about ourselves. Even our apparently personal choices may unpredictably effect the lives of others.

April, 2002
The Iowa Award, The Best Stories, 1991-2000 ed Frank Conroy
A very nice collection of 21 stories, including some real gems.
Best New American Voices 2001 eds. Charles Baxter, John Kulka, Natalie Danford
We have some very fine up-and-coming writers. Some of these stories just have to be read!
Perl, Weekend Crash Course
Overview of what can be done. More showing than teaching.

May, 2002
The God Stealer and Other Stories F. Sionil Jose
Fourteen stories of Filipinos, including some disenchanted expatriates. Published in 1968.
In the Gloaming Alice Elliott Dark
Some very well-written stories here. The title story may well become a classic.
The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, The Finca Vigia Edition Ernest Hemingway

June, 2002
Gertrude and Claudius John Updike
Superb! Brilliantly conceived and masterfully executed 'foreplay' to (Shakespeare's) Hamlet.
Goodbye Columbus and Five Short Stories Philip Roth
Very nice work: insightful look into some fun and interesting characters.
Our Gang Philip Roth
Hilarious satire of politics in the days of President "Trick E. Dixon."
The Same Door John Updike
Sixteen wonderfully told stories of young people in the 1950's learning timeless lessons on the often clumsy climb toward maturity.

July, 2002
The Music School John Updike
Superb! Udpike in his peak! Some of the best stories ever written in English.
Bech: A Book John Updike
Wonderful introductory portrayal of writer Henry Beck. <
Fish! Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, John Christensen

August, 2002
When She Was Good Philip Roth
Compelling, tragic story, very well told.
The Best American Short Stories 2001 eds. Barbara Kingsolver, Katrina Kenison
The Dying Animal Philip Roth
Superb! Mesmerizing, erotic, intoxicating, compassionate top-shelf Roth.
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoevsky

September, 2002
Underworld Don DeLillo
A masterpiece! Perhaps, the great American novel of the second half of the 20th century.
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
Entertaining story.
Empire Falls Richard Russo
Interesting page-turner.

October, 2002
The Adventures of Augie March Saul Bellow
Excellent. Peotic. Insightful. One of the great American novels of the first half of the 20th century.
Miguel Street V.S. Naipaul
Interesting glimpse into the lives of some residents of this slum street in the capital of Trinidad.
A Quiet Life Kenzaburo Oe
A superb, sublimely simple yet multi-layered masterpiece that teaches us, among other things, about Japan and its culture, religious philosophy, the handicapped, Oe and ourselves!
The Coup John Updike
Very good. Satirical tragi-comedy of race and politics in the 70's.

November, 2002
A Healing Family Kenzaburo Oe
Candid explanation of the impact on the author's family of his handicapped son, Hikari.
The O. Henry Prize Stories 2002 ed. Larry Dark
Some excellent stories among the twenty -- all good ones.

December, 2002
Nine Stories J.D. Salinger
Updike reports being influenced by Salinger's excellent stories.
Mystery and Manners Flannery O'Connor
O'Connor discusses elements of the art of fiction writing.
The Story and Its Writer, An Introduction to Short Fiction, Compact Fifth Edition ed. Ann Charters
Very nice collection of classic stories, remarks by the editor about the authors and by the latter about the writing art.
The Breast Philip Roth

Greg Gordon MD, CFII