A novel in which everything is perfect is waxwork

Saturday, October 2, 2010


I find this in the NYTBR Jeanette Winterson review of By Nightfall, the new Michael Cunningham novel. 

I find it, and I celebrate it:
Good novels are novels that provoke us to argue with the writer, not just novels that make us feel magically, mysteriously at home.  A novel in which everything is perfect is a waxwork.  A novel that is alive is never perfect.

3 comments:

Anna Lefler said...

I love this! Thank you for sharing it with us!

XO

A.

Lilian Nattel said...

Wow, Beth. I love this too.

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