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July 31, 2000 8:32PM (UTC)
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Tulip Fever
by Deborah Moggach

I love stories of romantic intrigue, and this novel is about adulterous goings-on in Amsterdam in the 1600s, at the height of the tulip bulb mania. The heroine is the frustrated young wife of an aging burgher and her lover is the passionate young artist who's hired to paint their marital portrait. Moggach colorfully brings the period out of the dusty pages of history and her story is full of dark and unpredictable, yet emotionally satisfying, twists and turns.


----------------- David Talbot

Lloyd: What Happened
by Stanley Bing

I just finished the Vintage paperback of this novel. I'd wanted to get it in hardcover when it came out in '98, but forgot about it. Bing is a pseudonym for this guy who has been writing a column about the horrors of modern office life for about a decade (first for Esquire and now for Fortune). I think it's a much better book (in a funnier, savage sense) about the subject than, say, "A Man in Full" or "Turn of the Century." Bing has a great ear for vernacular absurdity in the boardroom -- sort of like DeLillo in a cubicle.


----------------- Andrew Essex

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