Reviews Archives - The Millions

March 27, 2017

Managed Discontents vs. Unimaginable Misery: On ‘A Line Made by Walking’ 0

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A Line Made by Walking has the unusual quality of documenting Frankie’s descent into depression and yet celebrating aspects of life taken for granted.

March 15, 2017

Some Necessary French Pessimism 2

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It’s the most stylistically courageous, entertaining dystopian novel in recent memory.

March 14, 2017

Elif Batuman Has Learned Nothing at All: On ‘The Idiot’ 1

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The layered truths and fictions of The Idiot compounded so that everything in the novel became true and real in a deep, shining way that cannot be achieved through essays.

March 2, 2017

Speculative Fiction and Survival in Iraq 0

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Unlike almost every other book you will find out there about Iraq right now, this ambitious new short story collection has little to say directly about all the nation’s recent wars.

February 28, 2017

People Without a Home: On Min Jin Lee’s ‘Pachinko’ 0

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How does one survive in a society that considers you subhuman?

February 22, 2017

Ottessa Moshfegh Is Disgusting (in a Good Way) 3

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The characters in Homesick for Another World violate and are violated in turn; they are sick in every sense, and sick of this world.

February 17, 2017

In Sickness and in Health: Mike Scalise and the Illness Narrative 0

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Scalise aligns himself with many other writers of illness narratives who understand that, although their disease may be horrible, it also confers a sense of uniqueness and individuality on the sufferer, at least temporarily.

February 13, 2017

In the Between: ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ 0

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Reading Lincoln in the Bardo is its own kind of bardo.

February 9, 2017

British Godlings: On Neil Gaiman’s Novellas 0

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Both narratives are works of fantasy, firmly rooted in Gaiman’s American Gods universe, but the most profound difference is their emphasis within this genre: the combination of fantasy with horror in The Monarch of the Glen and fantasy with mystery in Black Dog.

February 9, 2017

The Best Snow Story Ever 3

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Gass began writing the story “to entertain a toothache.” That’s an appropriate anecdote. A philosopher by training and a critic by practice, Gass has always been in love with language. Words are his God.