The Adventures Of Augie March
Fast and fun and, somehow, the hero always manages to remain upbeat. There are few flaws in this book, if any. Another Chicago-based story.
I am an American, Chicago born--Chicago, that somber city--and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style, and will make record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted; sometimes an innocent knock, sometimes a not so innocent. But a man's character is his fate, says Heraclitus, and in the end there isn't any way to disguise the nature of the knocks by acoustical work on the door or gloving the knuckles.
Columbus too thought he was a flop, probably, when they sent him back in chains. Which didn’t prove there was no America.