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Bad Dads

Zachary Leader, 6 April 1995

In Pharaoh’s Army: Memories of a Lost War 
by Tobias Wolff.
Bloomsbury, 210 pp., £12.99, November 1994, 0 7475 1919 6
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Tallien: A Brief Romance 
by Frederic Tuten.
Marion Boyars, 152 pp., £9.95, November 1994, 0 7145 2990 7
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Roommates: My Grandfather’s Story 
by Max Apple.
Little, Brown, 241 pp., £12.99, November 1994, 0 316 91241 7
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... and thought that, yes, I would do well to build my house upon a rock, whatever that meant.’ Frederic Tuten, also an American writer, shares Wolff’s obsession with absent fathers, though his concern with memory and personal identity is comparatively abstract and philosophical. Tallien: A Brief Romance, Tuten’s ...

Machu Man

Jonathan Coe, 2 December 1993

Tintin in the New World 
by Frederic Tuten.
Marion Boyars, 239 pp., £14.95, October 1993, 0 7145 2978 8
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... concept’ novel, for its premise can be stated even more succinctly: ‘Tintin grows up.’ In Tuten’s hands (and with the personal blessing, we are told, of his friend and mentor Hergé), the cherub-faced, boundlessly intrepid teenager achieves a miraculous release from his forty-year pre-adolescence and is made to undergo a swift, bruising rite of ...

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