Archive for June, 2014

Serious literature

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

the goldfinch

 

In the July issue of Vanity Fair Evgenia Peretz writes about literature and critics in general, and the reviews of Donna Tartt’s ‘The Goldfinch’ in particular. The bestselling novel which received the Pulitzer Prize has been the subject of a variety of reviews – from over the top accolades to complete dismissals – ‘a children’s book’. Is Donna Tartt the new Dickens? ‘Just as a painter can be castigated by his contemporaries and still wind up the most prized painter at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a writer can sell millions of books, win prizes, and be remembered as no more than a footnote or a punch line.’

 

Click to read the article here: ‘It’s Tartt – but is it art?’

Read some of the critical reviews:

The New Yorker

The New York Review of Books

The Paris Review