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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
1:15 pm edt
There have only been a few rare occasions in the past few years, when I have read a book that I did not like and found
it necessary to pan it. Especially if the author has been acclaimed by The New York
Sunday Times. I have come to realized that just because "they" are the NYTimes, they are not necessarily the end-all/be-all of literary criticism and analysis. As a matter of
fact, in more than a few instances, they have been wrong. This is one of them.
I heard Helen Oyeyemi being interviewed
on NPR three weeks ago about her latest novel, Boy, Snow, Bird, and I thought, "Wow. It's a fairy-tail conceit based upon the two stories about Snow White written by the Brothers
Grimm. Two of my favorite stories. I gotta read that." So, a quick email to my editors at www.authorexposure.com and, voila, quick as a dwarf's wink, the publishers sent me a link to the ebook. Which didn't work.
have been my first clue that this was going to be a doomed reading experience. My second was that – still dying to read
the novel – I had to spend nearly half of a credit I have with Barnes and Noble to download it to my Nook HD tablet.
Despite what "they" or anyone says, spending nearly $12 for an ephemeral read – and a not so good one at that
– is highway (or should I say "internet way"?) robbery. So, was this a great read as touted by the media?
Unfortunately, it was not.
Anyway, if you are a fan of Oyeyemi, as I am – was – then you just might
like her faintly weird attempt at modernizing the Snow White sagas. Don't get me wrong. It's not just that it's a bad read;
it's just not a really good one. Regardless of what the upper echelons of editors at "the" Times
Way your own magic wand and wend your way to www.authorexposure.com to read my review. And then decide for yourself.
J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is
an author, poet, and librettist. Her currenty published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations,
volumes of poetry, stories
for children (of all ages) and
a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville
during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her fourth novel.