I’ve just finished reading, “Netherland,” by Joseph O’Neill and a review should be forthcoming. I’m still digesting it, so to speak. I thought it was very well written, but there were parts that I didn’t enjoy and I can’t quite articulate why. This is funny because “Netherland” has been described as “Gatsby-esque” and I’ve always felt the same way about “The Great Gatsby.”
Next up in the queue is “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle,” the debut novel by David Wroblewski. This has been the year of debut novels, hasn’t it? Junot Díaz (kind of a debut), Joshua Ferris, Charles Bock, and now David Wroblewski. Another interesting coincidence: Díaz, Bock, and Wroblewski all supposedly took 11 years to complete their first novel. So, if I start tomorrow, keep a eye out for my stunning debut in 2019 or so.
“The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” is about a family of dog breeders and a mute teenage boy who communicates with people (and dogs) through an intuitive form of sign and body language. And it’s heavily influenced by Hamlet! Thus far, the critical reception for the novel has been positive. Amazon.com is aggressively supporting the book and it received a glowing recommendation from Stephen King.
The book should arrive in the next day or so. I’m considering resurrecting the Your Designated Reader series for this one.