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Saturday, January 20, 2007

A Non-review

Newsweek's Malcolm Jones was given Vikram Chandra's Sacred Games to review -- and put it down "after more than 100 pages". In his defence, in this non-review, he says: "the first 100 pages are good but not great." And: "My time is precious. Your time is, too. Who has enough time in the day to do all that we want?" In a further attempt to universalise his predicament, he adds: "Almost no one has time to read indiscriminately for pleasure these days."

Maybe so, but you're a book reviewer, Mr Jones. The so-many-books-so-little-time plea just isn't going to cut it.

(Link courtesy The Literary Saloon.)


  • Comrade, I empathise with the devil in Brer Jones. Wading through turgid prose because you HAVE to is awful - remember Wilde on the obligations of flirting?

    As for the "extended jaunt round Europe", it rapidly recedes into a failing memory.


    By Blogger J. Alfred Prufrock, at 10:33 AM  

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