Wednesday, December 08, 2004

gilead again

You heard it here first gang. Gilead is the literary teflon wonder. Those who don't like it are few and speak in whispers to themselves. A beautiful book by all but a few standards, it has captured America's reading public in huge numbers. FSG is about to have that rarest of things, a truly literary best-seller, and they are going wild. An intellectual religious book set in Iowa, it hums along at it's intense but steady pace, bringing a bit of religious relief to a nation bamboozled by religious hucksterism.

Mister Nouse


At January 10, 2005 at 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wish I could agree with you but I found GILEAD to be tiresome and precious. It's a perfect example of tulip frenzy in the literary world: buzz is artificially created ("She hasn't published a novel in 20 years!"), people are desperate to be part of the hype, and a totally midlist novel breaks all (even artificial) expectations. And it's the kind of tedious writing that people who don't know any better think is good.

A poll should be taken a year from now on the people who purchased GILEAD: did you ever manage to read ALL of it?

At March 2, 2005 at 12:22 PM, Blogger pen name mcgraw said...

Whoever wrote this comment should be taken out and...ahem...given a reading lesson. Calling an incomparable work of literature "tedious" and "midlist". A better question than "who finishied it" is "who the hell didn't"?


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