Such writing backfires on Peck and makes him seem...well, peckish.
This is not because he is himself a novelist of only mediocre accomplishments--after all, many great critics had no talent for the writing of fiction itself.
There are insulting comments about McEwan, DeLillo, and Franzen, but no real analysis.
No matter what you may think of the writers under review, Peck's reviews are as hilarious as they are astute. I wish he'd publish another collection.Published 12 months ago by dequincey
In the world of high brow literary criticism most people are afraid to take a side. Not Dale Peck. I really enjoyed his book, even though I don't agree with everything in it, it is... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Allen Ferguson
A collection of reviews by American fiction writer Dale Peck. In contrast, say, to John Updike, Peck has no particular talent for literary criticism. But he has opinions, esp. Read morePublished on February 25, 2009 by Christen Thomsen
A nasty, boring book in which someone whose talent appears to have sputtered out years ago, attempts to gain some notoriety by taking a hatchet to the work of others. Read morePublished on January 27, 2008 by David M. Giltinan
I read this interested in hearing the response of the articulate everyman to the pretentious literary establishment. Read morePublished on January 21, 2008 by pancake_repairman
It's interesting to me that most of the reader reviews on this book dismiss Peck for tearing apart the writers that they like -- although that is Peck's point. Read morePublished on September 30, 2004 by fml66
I didn't agree with all of Peck's opinions (Faulkner and Hemingway are in no way "bad" writers), but I did agree with some of them, especially his observation that many modern... Read morePublished on September 23, 2004 by Jack M. Walter
I must say I am taken aback by some of the negative reviews for this book, but I guess that any time someone is bold enough to be honest about the emperor's new clothes, that is to... Read morePublished on September 4, 2004 by Jon Morris
Dale Peck finally did what we were all afraid to do: cut through conteporary literature! I was going to do it earlier this year, but, I admit, I chickened out and Dale beat me to... Read morePublished on August 19, 2004 by D. N Voetberg