Sunday, August 29, 2010
We got a brief taste of fall here in the city this weekend as the temperatures and humidity finally came down for a few days - the Fall is my favorite season but it is sad to realize summer will be over in just one short week. I feel like I have to wring all the summer I can out of this final week!
Fracas over Franzen
The upcoming release of Jonathan Franzen's newest book, Freedom: A Novel, has caused all sorts of buzz but also questions about the literature we value and that which gets the most critical acclaim. With a glowing NYTBR write up and the cover of Time Magazine, Franzen has been the recipient of high praise of late. "Everything that goes up must come down" - the backlash against all the praise has started! Most notably, Jennifer Weiner and Jodi Picoult started tossing jabs at Franzen via Twitter and aired their feelings in a Huffington Post article this week. I have read books by all three authors and while I agree that there should be room for all of them in the coverage offered to books in the media, the caliber of writing is not equal in all three books. If NYTBR is celebrating literary talent with its choice of coverage, I can see why they have made the choice they have made. This article in the New York Times nicely sums up the "Frazen Fracas" and in the book blogging world, I think this post by Teresa of Shelf Love does an excellent of examining the issue at the core of the "fracas".
What do you think about the fervor surrounding Freedom: A Novel?
This Week on the Blog:
This has been a banner week for me - 3 posts and 2 reviews! Pathetic, I know, but the best I have done in awhile. The week sometimes gets away from me and I just can't get my posts written so I am trying a new model - I write and schedule my posts on the weekends. Let's see how this turns out . . . .
Last week I reviewed:
(audiobook review here)
Hope you all have a great week!