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From the first paragraph of David Gates' New York Times review of Salman Rushdie's The Enchantress of Florence: "I'm probably not Rushdie's target audience: in literature, at least, I find the marvelous tedious, and the tedious — as rendered by a Beckett or a Raymond Carver or even a Kafka — marvelous."

Seems to me the place to confess this sort of thing is not in the review itself, but in an email to the Times editor explaining why you're the wrong person to write the review. Of course they don't pay you for turning down the job.

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morbid_o
Jun. 9th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
I had to question my continued readership of a friend's blog when he posted a review talking about how great some book was that he had never read.
bibliofile
Jun. 10th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
But books can be so much better before you've read them! The relationship is still new, expectations are still shiny and perfect, and you haven't had to live with any of it yet.

Of course, the good ones surprise you and stick with you (and you with them) after the end...
morbid_o
Jun. 10th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
It was a political nonfiction book.
bibliofile
Jun. 10th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
I know that I've been disappointed (or not) by fiction and non-fiction, both.

Did you ask him why he raved about a book he hadn't even read? Or was that just the last sort of straw for you?
morbid_o
Jun. 10th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
I just let it be a reminder of why we only see each other in-person in small doses.
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