USA Rules; Books of the Year

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USA Rules; Books of the Year


Byline: Lorne Jackson

THE biggest name in literature this year was that of Vladimir Nabokov, whose first new novel in many a year, The Original Of Laura, was published.

This was very impressive pecially since he's been de years.

The book had been kept and key since the Russian thor's death, while his so made up his mind whether it or not.

That might seem a rath thing to do with daddy's las But it was actually on quest.

He had told his son that i died before finishing the no el, he wanted it put to th flames.

However, Dmitri eventu ally came to the conclusion that it was too important a work to be lost to posterity so he published.

I'm sure the huge monetary advance that he received didn't sway him in any way.

But is it any good? Well, it's an unfinished work, and Nobokov was known as a great stylist, whose prose was as polished as a prism.

So this isn't really prime Nobokov. If you want that, best read his naughty masterpiece Of course, it wasn't just dead authors who were making a splash last year.

I'm a huge fan of American authors.

The best of them are more ambitious and talented than their British counfor the great Americans. Thomas Pynchon, the reclusive author, most famous for writing Gravity's Rainbow in the mid-seventies, was back with a surreal Californian detective novel, Inherent Vice.

ately, just like Nobokov's wasn't the best work of a st.

etective fiction is way too g for such an expansive ynchon.

ramming an elephant intmas cracker.

Tragic mighty American, Paul back on top form, after a the quality of his writing has lasted too many years. …

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