Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Best American Fiction of the Last 25 Years - Yet More Reactions

Everything started when The New York Times decided to choose the best American fiction of the last 25 years. Initial reaction from me and others can be found on this post - Best American Fiction, Bookstores and UFOs

Then, I mentioned in a second post Slate's reaction to the list, especially the near absence of shorter novels.

Now the Valve tackles this whole thing from yet another point of view. An interesting one to say the least. Can you guess what The New Republic's review of Toni Morrison's Beloved was when it fist came out? You wouldn't believe it.
From The New Republic:
The New York Times recently proclaimed Toni Morrison's Beloved to be "the single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years." Judging from this 1987 review of the book, TNR critic Stanley Crouch strongly disagrees.

Since I cannot access the original 1987 article, I thought it was mighty kind of The Valve to blog about it in - Beloved? Meh. It Could've Been Important.
(Don't you just love The Valve's style?)


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