John Pistelli

writer

Tag Archives: twenty-first-century fiction

Jason Lutes, Berlin

Berlin by Jason Lutes My rating: 3 of 5 stars For readers and writers of contemporary fiction, history can play the role that myth once did. Just as Sophocles’s audience … Continue reading

12 February 2019 · Leave a comment

Anna Burns, Milkman

Milkman by Anna Burns My rating: 5 of 5 stars “I did not like twentieth century books because I did not like the twentieth century,” says the narrator of Anna … Continue reading

15 December 2018 · 1 Comment

Jenny Offill, Dept. of Speculation

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill My rating: 3 of 5 stars This acclaimed 2014 novel of marriage, motherhood, and adultery is a perfect expression of the fictional and even … Continue reading

30 September 2018 · 1 Comment

Nick Drnaso, Sabrina

Sabrina by Nick Drnaso My rating: 2 of 5 stars I won’t write a long review of this book because I’ve already demonstrated ad nauseam in what I’ve said about … Continue reading

18 August 2018 · Leave a comment

Lisa Halliday, Asymmetry

Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday My rating: 3 of 5 stars The jacket copy of this fascinating 2018 debut novel—back cover and both flaps—informs us no less than four times that … Continue reading

24 July 2018 · 1 Comment

Grant Morrison and Chris Weston, The Filth

The Filth by Grant Morrison My rating: 4 of 5 stars The book is full of life—not like a man, but like an ant-heap. —Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value (trans. … Continue reading

19 July 2018 · 1 Comment

A Note on Blade Runner 2049

[I posted this to Tumblr a few days ago and didn’t post it here because it doesn’t quite meet the more essay-like standards I’d prefer to maintain on this site. … Continue reading

17 October 2017 · Leave a comment

Eugene Lim, Dear Cyborgs

Dear Cyborgs by Eugene Lim My rating: 4 of 5 stars The novel, unfortunately, waits until we have gotten the point before it decides to explain itself:   (When I … Continue reading

13 June 2017 · Leave a comment

J. M. Coetzee, The Schooldays of Jesus

The Schooldays of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee My rating: 4 of 5 stars This sequel to Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus (2013) provides further adventures of Davíd, Simón, and Inés … Continue reading

18 March 2017 · 1 Comment

Valeria Luiselli, Faces in the Crowd

Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli My rating: 3 of 5 stars The honest critic must be content to find a VERY LITTLE contemporary work worth serious attention; but … Continue reading

14 March 2017 · 1 Comment