Apt title, Nobel committee only chooses European fiction, explain to me how Phillip Roth, Cormac McCarthy, Thomas Pynchon, and Don DeLillo are all snubbed.
Would have liked to have seen something from Haruki Murakami - perhaps Kafka On the Shore - though I prefer Windup Bird Chronicle. Dan Brown is ok, for fluff - honestly, I thought Angels & Demons was a good read - just don't see the movies...
An excellent review. Kertesz now lives in Germany, and he seems to feel from statements he made, that even now Hungary and Hungarians are still in a hypnotic daze of which they may never wake.
Awesome Amy! Thanks for the great review.
Wow! Fantastic interview -- your questions were terrific! I can't wait to read this book!
First, you should correct your heading; secondly, it is absolutely inane to think that these stories of the human condition have anything to do with any president!
Cool. Going to add that to my list to read. Thanks.
sounds like a great read. Thanks
Thanks for the fun and interesting list -- always good to discover those writers I do not know. Eisenberg is a master and I'm glad to see her story collection in your line-up. Quick question: isn't Egger's book a memoir?
Thanks for the fun and interesting list -- always good to discover those writers I do not know. Eisenberg rocks and I'm glad to see her story collection in your line-up. Quick question: isn't Egger's book a memoir?
Due to its lack of correct facts, for any one who knows even a little bit about the city of San Francisco, this book will prove to be frustrating at the least. Even in the first several chapters, the author commits an array of major errors, the most important being that the story is set in a "sweltering" December, with temperatures reaching 99 degrees; "Christmas is always hot," he writes. In truth, even in the summertime thermometers in San Francisco never reach this number. Besides other large errors, there are a number of minor ones, such as when the protagonist takes a Greyhound bus on a route where no Greyhound route exists, but instead the local bus actually runs. To top it off, the story goes in to describe how the bus eventually takes a left hand turn on Market Street, the main avenue in the city, which is a one way street running in the opposite direction. But although not all errors are major, their frequency proves a lack of research unacceptable for a novelist, and his picture of San Francisco as a whole is an unrealistic view written from a clear outsider who has no understanding of the place. Since it appears he has been to lazy to commit to even minimal research, Peter Plate instead should have chosen to place the story in a town or city he is more familiar with. As it is, the inaccurate picture he paints of the city, including the images and sights he describes of the city, weaken his story. I understand it is fiction, but an author does have some responsibility to educate himself on the topic.
As for the actual story, it proves to be uninteresting, the characters falling short of catching an audience's interest, and the plot completely uninteresting.
Great list. Glad to see some books that went under the radar here "All about Lulu" by Evison, & "Mighty Angel" by Pilch. I read and enjoyed so many books on this list that I think I might go back and try a couple that I skipped originally.
I think that 50 years from now Pynchon will be remembered for first of all 'Inherent Vice', so I would have included it.
Also, I do think that 'No Country for Old Men' was better than the "Road" which is missing, but in my mind they were published like a 1-2 punch and read like they are two halves of a single book.
Lastly, you have several acknowledged masters here who are dabbling in genres. Could not a genre writer like Dennis Lehane and his 'Mystic River' be considered for this list?
Dan Brown does, in fact, suck. Jonathan Franzen, Philip Roth, and Wells Tower, not so much. In fact, not at all.
Yeah, excellent interview. The questions are as rich as the answers!
I'm biased having a crush on Lethem after interviewing him, but excellent review Mark. And Chronic was not the easiest read either. It wasn't like Motherless Brooklyn which just zipped along and there was so much action. This was a character study of sorts and a hazily reflected Manhattan through Lethem's brilliant writing style.
Lethem... This book sort of hijacked me the way strong weed does.. it made me itchy at times, hyperaware of my liminal qualities, paranoid and, also like smoking pot, consistent feeling of having to pee. Not exactly sure how I would answer if someone asked me if I liked it or not tho still very much a fan.
Fantastic review. You are spot on about the treatment of forty-something women too. Kate Christensen is such a wonderful writer that she makes it seem so effortless and real. She tends to allocate equal time to the good and the bad in her characters and turns in riveting reads every time.
Wow - This is a fantastic interview. Informative yet intimate, and really useful, too. I'm going to email this link to my entire grad school alum listserve. Then I'm going to submit to EL! Thanks, Katey Schultz
A great read, thanks Gabrielle! I'm particularly glad you asked the gender question as I feel more and more that the only authors I read are men, unless I want to read more Twilight (I don't), and that literary journals sometimes perpetuate this. I'm definitely going to add this one to my reading list, even though I have to go the old-skool paperback route. ~Amy B
short or long; fiction will live on in our Kindle's imagination, and there mustn't be actual pages to show for it. the medium speaks to an on-the-go culture in need of something more toothy than OK!Magazine. If the lit mag is hobbling along it seems only right that we honor its essence in whatever form palatable. Great Q's and equally great A's. thanks gmm.
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