Since finally finishing The Making of Americans, I've read a few short books.
I was never very tired of TMoA, but I was glad to finish it, and it's not something I'll reread soon.
I read Portnoy's Complaint. It was my first Roth novel, and I enjoyed it very much. It surely is, as it says on the back cover, one of the two or three funniest works in American fiction. I plan to read at least Sabbath's Theater sometime.
After that, I read The Day of the Locust. I enjoyed it quite well - more, I think, than Miss Lonelyhearts.
Then I read R.K. Narayan's modern prose retelling of The Ramayana. I liked it well enough to be a little bit tempted to read the whole verse Ramayana, but probably not quite tempted enough.
Right now, I'm reading A Brief Life by Juan Carlos Onetti. There's more going on in this book than in those others and my concentration hasn't been good. I think I will reread this soon. I was pleased to find that it is quite firmly set in Buenos Aires. Streets and neighborhoods are mentioned. The narrator even lives on the same street as me, but fourteen blocks away.
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