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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

An Offer You Can Refuse

In The Times (UK), Ben McIntyre makes fun of celebrity novelists. Case in point: Marlon Brando.

"I have before me Fan-Tan; a novel by none other than the late Marlon Brando, published next month, 'a rollicking, swashbuckling, delectable romp of a novel — the last surprise from an ever-surprising legend'. I have read nine pages, but cannot get beyond the description of a man in prison having his fingers eaten by cockroaches ('oh, how delicately they chomped away at the husks of his fingertips'). Sadly, Brando did not live long enough to see the publication of his book. Sadly, I shall not live long enough to finish it."


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