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Purity, by Jonathan Franzen. (Fourth Estate, £20)

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“So many Jonathans. A plague of literary Jonathans. If you read only the New York Times Book Review you’d think it was the most common male name in America,” bitches Charles Blenheim, an embittered novelist in Jonathan Franzen’s new novel Purity. Once a hot shot himself, “the heir of John Barth and Stanley Elkin,” Blenheim, a heavy drinker with…

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