One-Minute Book Reviews

December 18, 2007

Novels by Junot Díaz and Alice Sebold Rank Among the Best and Worst of 2007, the Editors of New York Magazine Say in Year-End Wrap-Up

What’s the best novel of 2007? It’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz‘s tale of “a monstrously fat, occasionally suicidal Dominican-American ‘ghetto nerd,’” the editors of New York magazine say in a Dec. 17 article written by Sam Anderson. I haven’t read the novel, but there’s room for a bit of caution here: Last year the editors’ choices included Claire Messud‘s The Emperor’s Children, second runner-up in the Delete Key Awards for the year’s worst writing in books. But New York got it right that Alice Sebold‘s The Almost Moon stands out for badness even in a year in which “lots of big names underwhelmed us … Amis, DeLillo, Roth, Rowling.” Anderson faults the novel’s voice, pacing and characterization. He didn’t mention the fourth-grade reading level and almost comically off-key lines like: “This was not the first time I’d been face-to-face with my mother’s genitalia” www.oneminutebookreviews.wordpress.com/2007/12/03/.

© 2007 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.

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2 Comments »

  1. I always love how you pick out the absolute funniest lines from best-sellers. I can not believe Sebold wrote that line! Hilarious! In an attempt to be as trite as possible, thanks for keeping it real.

    Comment by David Schleicher — December 18, 2007 @ 1:49 am | Reply

  2. Thanks, David! Some of the things I find in books are so bizarre, I can hardly believe the editors let them stand.

    But I never know if visitors to this site will see the lines as I do until I get a lovely comment like yours. I really appreciate it.
    Jan

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — December 18, 2007 @ 2:28 am | Reply


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