(Hedy Weiss’s article appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, 9/28.)
Extreme beauty and caustic wit. Outrageous comedy and total calamity. Lunatic rage and steely resolve. Rational thinking and absolute absurdity. Probing philosophical discourse alongside scathing religious satire. Endless debauchery and enduring romance. The extremes of optimism and pessimism (of course). And to top it all off, a grand tour of the globe — from Old World to New, and back again — with many hellish ports along the way, and one notable paradise populated by red sheep and people who care nothing for gold.
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