Friday, January 2, 2009

Edmond Caldwell on (Wood and...) The Savage Detectives

Edmond Caldwell's post on Contra James Wood, Gutless Realism: James Wood’s Housebroken Bolaño, is more than a savagely on-target dismantling of Wood's misguided domestication of The Savage Detectives--stripped of the contra-Wood polemic, there's a strong reading of ST that stands up quite well on its own--as good a critical review of this novel as I've read to date.

I've noticed this tendency in Wood--remember a passing remark on Junot Diaz's Oscar Wao--pulling it's fangs by tucking it into it's own special genre of "immigrant fiction."

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