Paul West
Doubleday, New York, 1989, English
ISBN: 9780385261296
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Greg Lynn

After discovering Paul West’s Rat Man of Paris, I then read Lord Byron’s Doctor and continued to read serially through most if not all of West’s novels, stopping with The Place in Flowers, Where Pollen Rests and Terrestrials. It is very hard to select a single most important Paul West novel but Lord Byron's Doctor combines vivid descriptions of urban Paris with biology, literature, eroticism, and psychology. I enjoy reading West for the linguistic pleasure I take from his prose; he writes so well that it inspires me to write.

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