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“The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.”
― Voltaire

Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer - Steven Millhauser I liked it, but probably appreciated it more because I was first introduced to Millhauser through his short stories. He loves lists, and describing successive items, stringing them together in a fantastical image and creating an overwhelming image. This style is challenging in a novel, but overall he did better than I thought he would at holding my attention. The historical NY setting was especially interesting as the trains are tunneled underground and uptown lots are being sold to speculators. The main character's poorly managed female relationships were disappointing and uncomfortable for me, creating a main character that showed traits of egocentricity and self-absorption.