Reviews

January 15, 2004

My Review of Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales by Stephen King 1

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I have touched upon Stephen King‘s much maligned reputation from time to time on this blog, and so it was a real pleasure to read a book that reinforced all of the things that I like about his writing. King’s aim is, first and foremost, to entertain his reader, to engage him, to reach out […]

December 3, 2003

My review of Jamesland by Michelle Huneven 0

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Some of you may know that I’m currently up to my ears in grad school applications. Luckily, posting on The Millions has a salutary effect on me, and also, I just finished a book, so I need to write about it. Jamesland opens with Alice, great-granddaughter of philosopher William James, having an odd waking dream […]

September 18, 2003

Violence and Tenderness 0

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Pete Dexter’s new book Train comes out October 7th. Here is my review: In the grand tradition of Los Angeles noir, Pete Dexter’s new novel Train, is framed in black and white by the minds eye. Yet Dexter has applied his considerable skill to softening the edges; it is delicately written noir. Train is the […]

September 16, 2003

Motherless in Brooklyn 0

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Jonathan Lethem’s new book The Fortress of Solitude comes out today. Here is my review: Now it is Jonathan Lethem’s turn to write a “big book.” The breakout success of his last novel, Motherless Brooklyn, set the stage for an eagerly anticipated follow-up. As if borrowing from the title of his previous book, Lethem’s two […]

August 31, 2003

My Thoughts on The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen 0

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The modern novel seems to have always been about the self – so often characters are drawn from life, episodes derive from anecdotes, the narrator from the author himself. Modern writers are not slapping together memoirs and changing the names and places. They are much more graceful about it. It is more accurate to say […]