Sunday, June 27, 2010
The worst book of the decade?
This morning I finished this book. While I can't remember much of Life of Pi other than I enjoyed it, and it was weird, this book, THIS BOOK is wonderful.
I cried in the final pages, then got out of bed, remembering that I'd read some negative stuff about it. I googled, I found some reviews, and these comments in a review by a blogger called Edward Champion:
It contains a moral vision less sophisticated than the dribbing one might encounter from a human vegetable.
That the reviewer wrote the way he did because nobody was willing to call a clear turd out for what it was.
And my favourite:
Inarguably, I think, nearly anyone with any literary sensibility would recognize this as something truly vile...
Oh my god.
And this from another reviewer: disappointing and often perverse (The New York Times.)
There was a bad review in The Washington Post as well.
I loved this book, adored it. It was fresh, clever, so so so imaginative, concise, weird, moving, chilling. And did I mention imaginative?
Perverse? How so?
Vile? How so?
I wonder is it me? Or them?
Just goes to show books and what you like and don't like is such a personal thing.
I was stunned by how much I loved this book.