State Of American Fiction

Discussion in 'Books' started by Real Ray, Nov 15, 2003.

  1. Real Ray

    Real Ray Member

    May 1, 2000
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    Some interesting points to chew over.
  2. DoctorJones24

    DoctorJones24 Member

    Aug 26, 1999
    "...the kind of showy, dukes-up, and (as he would see it) disfiguringly steroid-dependent writing, tangy with chemical additives and flavour enhancers...."

    Sounds like Joyce to me.

    "If Augie March is the first major novel knowingly written in American rather than English - if its job is "to make you feel how beautiful American is", as Martin Amis has fairly maintained..."

    Huck Finn took care of that long before.

    "DeLillo, like his immediate contemporary Thomas Pynchon and, before Pynchon, Vladimir Nabokov, has always been a cerebral, concept-driven writer, and experimental in a sense. He belongs to the generation which produced the metafictions of William Gass, William Gaddis, Robert Coover and Donald Barthelme. Sometimes surreal, sometimes parodic, these were invariably rebarbative, wilfully "difficult" texts, each trying to establish an avant-garde position out beyond realism."

    This generation also produced Vonnegut and Updike and Morrison, though. I think this writer has a pretty narrow sense of the landscape of American fiction.

    EDIT: Don't mean to sound dismissive. It was an enjoyable read, and there is stuff to chew on. But West Wing is about to start... ;)

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