Tuesday, November 01, 2005

# Posted 5:29 PM by Patrick Belton  

MICHIKO KAKUTANI REVIEWS BANVILLE'S BOOKER WINNER: She doesn't pull many stops in her praise: 'stilted, claustrophobic and numbingly pretentious,' 'chilly, dessicated and pompously written.' Actually, one starts to suspect she didn't like it. Actually, one starts to suspect she doesn't like most books, or perhaps books in general. We'll be reviewing it in this space, incidentally, as his publicist is kindly sending us a copy; Rushdie's latest, also. (Kakutani is a Pulitzer prize winning Yalie, incidentally, and single. But she doesn't like Banville, so it never would have worked.)

Vonnegut, auguring or perhaps just limning the New York Times's book critic: 'any reviewer who expresses rage or loathing for a novel is ... like a person who has just put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae or banana split.'
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