Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sergio De La Pava's 678 Page Surprise

But how did this big, rambling wodge of words, a novel that dozens of commercial publishers rejected without a backward glance, a book that wiggles with digressions and lurches with side trips and repeatedly begs the reader's indulgence with the wide-eyed earnestness of an overgrown Oliver Twist requesting an additional dollop of porridge, come to be championed by a venerable, dignified scholarly publisher like the U. of C. Press?

Read the rest here. I've been reading the book and last night scooted through a digression into a recipe then read a section that forced me to put down the book because I was laughing too hard. Not for everyone. An unusual book. Lawyers should definitely give it a try.

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