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Reading For Fun Instead Of Duty,
This review is from: The Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors (Paperback)
What impresses me about this book is that the critics involved write about what pleases them instead of what they think is the *correct* thing to read. Kurt Vonnegut, who has taken it on the chin from many reviewers lately, gets a warm appreciation from Dave Eggers. And Bret Easton Ellis gets a non-poisonous review (not that I like Ellis all that much, but it's nice to see a dissent from the conventional wisdom for a change.) A few writers get dissed: Michael Crichton is quickly chopped into hamburger, and Edwidge Danticat and Alice Walker are surprisingly (but accurately) dismissed as non-entities. Saul Bellow gets a mixed review. My favorite old white guy, Philip Roth, gets a positive write-up and I learned about possible new authors to read like Geoff Nicholson. One limitation: the exclusion of translated works leaves out a master like Milan Kundera. And any collection that includes the hack John Grisham and leaves out the wonderful Scott Turow needs a reality check. (The "See Also" paragraphs that follow each main review help make up for some of the most obvious exclusions.) Well worth your time.
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Initial post: Dec 4, 2008 9:34:44 PM PST
T. Perry says:
How could anyone perceive Alice Walker as a non-entity? Possessing the Secret of Joy, The Color Purple? Walker has illuminated the essence of what it is to be a woman. She cuts down to the very core, physically as well as emotionally, and shines a light there for all to see. If you are blind to her is not her fault, but rather a defect of your own, I think.
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