RE: RARA-AVIS: Upstairs and downstairs

From: Chris M (
Date: 14 Mar 2005

Miker asked:
>Browsing the bookstore and saw one my Moseley titled
>THE MAN IN MY BASEMENT. Anybody read this one?

I just read this last week and consider it worth your while. It's an odd little book that I'm not sure I entirely understood (is it a parable? an allegory? Vorshtein?) and most reviews I read thrashed it for similiar reasons. I, however, enjoyed it. If it came without a cover and someone told me it was Delillo's follow-up to Running Dog, I would believe him. It also reminded me a bit of Colin Harrison's The Havana Room, but that could be due to the mystery element and rural Long Island setting.

On another note, I recently read Block's latest Scudder, ALL THE FLOWERS ARE DYING. Ever since I read CRIMSON JOY when I was 14 or 15 I've been anti books with alternating story lines with the hero taking a chapter or two alternating with the serial killer's chapters in italics. I enjoy the Scudder books because I like catching up with a character I like and the alternating chapters take away from that. But Block is a master so even though I have this personal quibble, this was a nice read.

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