Friday, September 10, 2010

The Book Club : The New Yorker

The New Yorker's Book Club is considering Jonathan Dee's The Privileges this month. (Dee was my thesis advisor in my MFA program.) I've heard very good things about this book, and it's on my TBR shelf (which is, in reality, a whole bookcase), but I just don't think I'm going to get to it in time to participate in the discussion. Seems like a good idea, though.

The Book Club : The New Yorker

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Priveleges is hands-down the worst book he's ever written. It's not just bad by his standards, it's bad by first-novel standards. It was roundly panned and, frankly, I'm shocked the New Yorker is even considering it. Do read it, though, if for no other reasoning than an affirmation that established writers sometimes fall flat on their faces.

Clifford Garstang said...

Anon,
Really? I mean, I haven't read it yet so I can't really argue with you, but "It was roundly panned" just isn't true.

There's a very positive review in the New York Times and The New Yorker's James Wood loved it: The Very Rich Hours.

In fact, I've seen nothing BUT positive reviews for the book. Which doesn't mean you have to like it, of course, or me either.