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May 21, 2010

I have a confession to make: I’ve been cheating on Finnegans Wake.

Rose City Reader’s Battle of the Prizes (American Version) Reading Challenge tasked me with reading three books: a Pulitzer Prize winner (I read the wonderful Angle of Repose) and a National Book Award winner (I read the long-winded The Adventures of Augie March), and a book that won both awards. Unfortunately (and inexplicably), none of these ‘double dippers’ were on the ML 100 list, so I had to read one that wasn’t on the list. I chose Alice Walker’s The Color Purple.

I have to say I am indebted to Reader for creating this challenge so I would find this book. It’s fabulous. I cannot comprehend how a list of the Top 100 books of the last century could include banal tomes like Loving but not include a book this good. It’s just not right.

I’ll be posting my review of The Color Purple either later today or tomorrow. And then it’s back to Finnegan. Sigh.

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