Sunday, January 21, 2007

The new Mailer novel.

You could read Lee "sprezzatura" Siegel's ponderous review in today's New York Times Book Review -- me, I couldn't bear it -- or you could go by James Wolcott's take:
[A] third of the way through I knew that finishing the novel would be like trying to dig a tunnel with my bare hands, and that reviewing it would require tunneling back and submitting a piece that would betray the heavy slog of obligation.
Wolcott says his hopes were high, but unmet. That's enough for me.

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