The Diviners Paperback – 18 Jan 2007
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"'Sweeping, dramatic, intelligent and utterly absorbing... a true epic.' The Times"
The Diviners by Rick Moody is a spectacularly epic comedy of love, politics, sex and work from one of the most admired and influential American writers of his generation.See all Product Description
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I persevered for some 2 or 300 hundred pages in the hope that the jarring dichotomy between the subject -the well trodden path of the superficiality of the modern world as reflected through the media- and the quasi-mythical writing style may come together through some genius of synergy, but it simply didn't. It just got increasingly pretentious, and increasingly annoying. The final straw was probably the 3 page analysis of parabolic arcs to describe someone falling off a bicycle.
Worst of all was that to me Moody's points of reference and intention seemed every bit as blatant as his inability to match them.
As an exploration of the Manhattan media elite his characters seemed wholly unconvincing compared to those of Jay Macinerney, his important exploration of modern America feeble compared to Jonathan Franzen, and his surrealist deviations in to modern mythology simply dull and unimaginative compared to Jonathan Safren Foer.
I think the authors attempts to be so uncaringly postmodern, so devoid of any empathy for any of the characters or the situations they find themselves in, make this a difficult read. Characters you don't love to hate. You just hate. So whilst brave its just not easy to like this book, but it is easy, for me at least, to admire it.
Set around the time of the 2000 American presidential election, "The Diviners" is ostensibly the tale of Vanessa Meandro, the ruthless, dictatorial head of the independent film production company "Means of Production", who believes that she has found the next hot property; a sprawling television miniseries about dowsers, "The Diviners", which is a veritable history of Mankind and his insatiable search for water. But the delightful Ms. Meandro, addicted to Krispy Kreme donuts, doesn't know that neither a treatment nor a script exists for this NEXT BIG THING emanating from Hollywood.Read more ›
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I persevered for about 100 pages hoping this book would get better but it didn't. It is depressing and bleak and is filled with every negative aspect of life and characters you... Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2010 by Amazon Customer
I loved, loved, loved this panoramic, ensemble New York-set novel because it provides a phantasmogoric snapshot of a deranged turn-of-the-century American psyche. Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2010 by Lili
This is a massive ego trip - Moody digresses on digressions and riffs on subjects as widely distant as Krispy Kreme Donuts and Ghenghis Khan. But that's all he does, he riffs. Read morePublished on 15 Sept. 2009 by Eileen Shaw