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The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith
The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith
Having read the brilliant, and truly five-star White Teeth, I must confess to being more than disappointed by Zadie Smith's follow-up The Autograph Man. Admittedly, the fact that I read it in fits and starts didn't help with my attempts to view the novel as a coherent whole, but maybe that's the point: I simply wasn't motivated to read more than bitesize chunks at a time.
Smith is undoubtedly talented, and the novel is filled with chinks of light, but I didn't warm to the central character, Alex-Li Tandem, and certainly wasn't impressed by the endless references to Goyish and Jewish, and the suffocating presence of Jewish mysticism as embodied by Alex's friend Adam. On the whole,… Read more
The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith
The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Having read the brilliant, and truly five-star White Teeth, I must confess to being more than disappointed by Zadie Smith's follow-up The Autograph Man. Admittedly, the fact that I read it in fits and starts didn't help with my attempts to view the novel as a coherent whole, but maybe that's the point: I simply wasn't motivated to read more than bitesize chunks at a time.
Smith is undoubtedly talented, and the novel is filled with chinks of light, but I didn't warm to the central character, Alex-Li Tandem, and certainly wasn't impressed by the endless references to Goyish and Jewish, and the suffocating presence of Jewish mysticism as embodied by Alex's friend Adam. On the whole,… Read more