Saturday, May 14, 2011
This Year's Pulitzer
Book #35 for me was Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad. I have enjoyed some of her books, but I've been let down by one (The Keep), so I was lukewarm about this title. After reading it, though, I feel the Pulitzer is justified. The book is non-linear and employs other nontraditional narrative techniques that seem gimmicky when others try them. The storytelling is a bit self-conscious at times, but it's effective nonetheless. I keep thinking about the book--not only its characters, but the deft interweaving of stories and the predictions for my generation's future. When a book lingers in mind, that's a seal of approval.
Duplicity, starring Clive Owen, Julia Roberts, and a trove of other big names. It's a heist movie, which requires concentration for the end to pay off. It wasn't the greatest of con movies, but I enjoyed it anyway.