Thursday, December 2, 2010

Everything Old Is New Again, According to Janet Maslin

I seem to want to quibble with Janet Maslin. Such is life. Today Maslin reviews the National Book Award winner, one The Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon. It's good review, but ...

It's interesting (in light of the discussion about teen-slang, and the temporary life of slang, that Maslin offers "But this book is best remembered for flashes of startling beauty ... "

One bit of beauty is the phrase "ugly enough to scare a hound dog off a gut wagon."

If you're country folk, or have country folk ancestry, Maslin's idea that this rural aphorism is an original phrase will provoke a snicker.

Still, it's a much fairer -- more focused -- review than her author personality oriented one of Hillenbrand's latest, and it's one Maslin review that has me hankerin' to read the book but I reckon it'll be scarce as hen's teeth on library's bookshelf for a tad bit.

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