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…people were reading Willa Cather’s O Pioneers, Henry James’ A Small Boy and Others, Franz Kafka’s The Judgement, D.H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers, Jack London’s The Valley of The Moon, Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country, and Vincent Cartwright Vickers’ The Google Book.

The Google Book!!

Google wasn’t founded until 1998, was Vincent Cartwright Vickers a prophet?

No, his book is supposed to be a children’s book about a monster called Google.

The Googlemonster

OK, maybe he was a prophet!

The monster can howl.


Surrealist illustrations of fictitious birds are in the book as well.  Vickers was a part of the family that owned Vickers Limited, an engineering and manufacturing giant in Great Britain.  He wrote the book while he was a Governor of the Bank of England.

I’ve never read Vickers’ book, howling monsters are right UP there with clowns in my book!

I’ll stick to Cather, Lawrence, and Edith Wharton!


Will 2013 be a reading year for you?  New books or 100 year old classics?

I’m going for a little of both.

Happy Monday.

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