Literary reviews by Tim Love.
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Wednesday, 16 January 2002

"A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" by Dave Eggers (Picador, 2001)

Interesting that the acknowledgements were written first, and that few readers had taken up the interactive offers (the novel on a floppy, the phone-numbers). I didn't know that McCarthy's Memories of a Catholic Girlhood included sections that detail the differences between the book and reality. Some good passages (the early chapters, his flights of fancy, his wacky publishing stunts) and sensible use of diagrams (his use of music notation to show the intonation of a phrase is an idea worth copying). Often funny, but it could have been quite a lot shorter.

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