From the Onion’s very sober round-up of 2008’s best books.
Carl Wilson, Celine Dion “Let’s Talk About Love”:
“Carl Wilson’s startlingly good entry in the 33 1/3 music-book series surveys the work of Celine Dion and functions as an uncommonly honest, unerringly rigorous inquisition into the vagaries of “taste,” and how they manifest in ways we seldom acknowledge.”
David Wroblewski, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle:
“The plot of this debut novel drops Hamlet into rural Wisconsin, as seen through the eyes of a mute boy and the pack of super-intelligent dogs his family breeds. But the writing recalls Willa Cather in perfectly capturing the aching clarity of perception and the piercing sting of memory. Wroblewski’s descriptions of sign language, innocence, despair, and survival hang in the air like dust motes, dancing to a simple yet deeply sacred music. All this in a page-turning thriller that builds to transcendent heights of tension. This was a book I never wanted to end.”
Both sound good – The Story of Edgar Sawtelle reminds me I’ve never go round to reading A Thousand Acres, a re-telling of King Lear set in rural America either.