Mar. 8th, 2007

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I realized I hadn't posted this yet.

A Widow for One Year by John Irving
Yep, another Irving! This one was not quite as good as Owen Meany (but really, how could he be expected to top that masterpiece?), but it was still excellent. It is a novel about a dysfunctional family of writers: one an author of creepy children's books, one an author of second-rate crime fiction, and one a truly great novelist. (Yes, writing about writers has been done countless times before this-- but it's never been done quite like this.) We get to follow the central character (though all of Irving's characters are so fully fleshed-out that it is difficult to claim just one character as central) through nearly forty years of her life, which is portrayed with depth and irony, beginning and ending on the same note. I love that kind of symmetry. It makes for a very satisfying read.

I haven't decided yet what I'll read for this month. Maybe The Prestige.
clothofdreams: (coffee)
I realized I hadn't posted this yet.

A Widow for One Year by John Irving
Yep, another Irving! This one was not quite as good as Owen Meany (but really, how could he be expected to top that masterpiece?), but it was still excellent. It is a novel about a dysfunctional family of writers: one an author of creepy children's books, one an author of second-rate crime fiction, and one a truly great novelist. (Yes, writing about writers has been done countless times before this-- but it's never been done quite like this.) We get to follow the central character (though all of Irving's characters are so fully fleshed-out that it is difficult to claim just one character as central) through nearly forty years of her life, which is portrayed with depth and irony, beginning and ending on the same note. I love that kind of symmetry. It makes for a very satisfying read.

I haven't decided yet what I'll read for this month. Maybe The Prestige.

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