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Vigorish   By: (1919-1988)

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Vigorish by John Berryman is a thought-provoking and highly introspective novel that delves into the complexities of human consciousness and the meaning of life. Through a captivating blend of lyrical prose and philosophical musings, Berryman takes readers on a mesmerizing journey through the mind of the protagonist, capturing their inner turmoil and quest for personal understanding.

The novel showcases Berryman's exceptional talent for crafting deep, multi-dimensional characters. The protagonist's inner struggles and existential dilemmas are so vividly depicted that readers can empathize with their emotions and uncertainties. From the very first page, the author's skillful storytelling holds a firm grip on the reader, making it difficult to put the book down.

One of the book's standout elements is the unique writing style employed by Berryman. His use of beautiful metaphors and poetic language adds an ethereal quality to the narrative, elevating the reading experience to a literary level. The descriptions of the protagonist's internal battles are filled with poignant imagery, stirring the reader's imagination and leaving a lasting impact.

On a thematic level, Vigorish explores profound existential questions that resonate deeply with readers. Berryman contemplates the nature of existence, the search for meaning, and the complexities of human relationships. Through introspective dialogues and philosophical ponderings, he tackles the timeless questions that have plagued humanity for centuries, inviting readers to reflect on their own lives and worldview.

Despite its profound subject matter, the novel remains accessible to a wide audience. Berryman's prose is elegant yet accessible, allowing readers to engage with the story without feeling overwhelmed by its philosophical underpinnings. Additionally, the narrative flows seamlessly, effortlessly transitioning between the protagonist's internal struggles and external events, thus maintaining a steady pace throughout.

If there is any flaw in Vigorish, it may lie in its occasionally dense exposition. While Berryman's philosophical digressions add depth to the story, they may be too introspective for some readers, interrupting the flow of the narrative. However, for those who appreciate profound introspection and intellectual stimulation, these moments will be a welcome treat.

Overall, Vigorish is a remarkable work of literature that demands to be explored and savored. John Berryman's poetic prose, complex characters, and thought-provoking themes make it a standout novel that will leave a lasting impression on readers. Whether you are seeking a profound philosophical journey or a captivating psychological exploration, this book is an absolute must-read.

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[Transcriber's Note: This etext was produced from Astounding Science Fiction June 1960. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.]

If it "takes a thief to catch a thief" ... what does it take to catch a psi gifted thief?

What do you hate and fear the most? I know a girl who gags and throws up at the mere sight of a bird. Poor kid, when she was a barefoot moppet she stepped on a fledgling robin in the grass. She hasn't gotten over the squish of it yet.

Birds don't trouble me. I can look at them all day. It takes snakes to give me the green shudders. I hate them.

She was getting better at them, I decided. This was the fourth one since breakfast and the roughest looking of the lot. It was a diamondback rattler, and lay coiled on the rug at my feet. I turned my swivel chair slowly back to my desk and riveted my eyes to the blotter. Snakes are ghastly things. But there was no future in letting them shake me up.

I bent over in my swivel chair and swung my left arm like a flail just below this rattler's raised head. He struck at me, but late, and missed. The swipe I took at him should have swept him over, but he got his coils around me... Continue reading book >>

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