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With an afterword by Simon Critchley, author of The Book of Dead Philosophers
“McCarthy is fast revealing himself as a master craftsman who is steering the contemporary novel towards exciting territories.”
—The Observer (London)
“A confident and intelligent meditation on failed flights of transcendence.”
—Times Literary Supplement
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Posted December 21, 2012
The forgotten middle child in the McCarthy canon, but probably my favorite. Post-Cold War Eastern Europe has been done in other English-language novels, such as Prague or Russian Debutante's Handbook, but this one is the best. Art-forgery has also been done in other novels, notably The Recognitions, but the entertaining network of personalities and plots in this novel make up for the lack of originality in concept. A long description of how its central-ish character forges a 19th-century iconographic painting is one of the most beautiful depictions of a craft that I've ever read, shown in such exquisite detail that I felt as if I could pull off the forgery on my own.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 1, 2012
I hope this book is as pretentious as i think it is; otherwise, I'm exposing myself as superficial and lacking appreciation for good literature. My advice is to read the Afterword first if you want to have the foggiest notion of what's going on. I suspect this is a political allegory, but I doubt that many Americans will have enough background to figure it out. -- catwakWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.