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May 8, 2007

'The heroine of Richard Flanagan's stunning new novel...'

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Just eight words — half George Bush's famous sixteen — were all it took to have me get Amazon on my speed dial and order Richard Flanagan's new novel (above).

Why so credulous?

Because those are the first eight words of the opening sentence of New York Times lead book reviewer Michiko Kakutani's review, on the front page of today's Arts section.

Background: Ms. Kakutani is among the hardest to please reviewers currently writing in English.

98% of her reviews find fault with the books under scrutiny.

To read those eight words was to be first stunned, then prodded into action.

May 8, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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