Sunday, 6 April 2008

Eat the Document

Just finished reading a fabulous new book called Eat the Document by Dana Spiotta, which is due in May. There seems to be a trend at the moment to try and understand the turbulent times of the late sixties and early seventies. However, unlike the awkwardness of Peter Carey's His Illegal Self, Spiotta's Eat the Document has such a fastidious eye for detail and character that one is immediately transported back to its shifting time zones.

With each alternating period Spiotta captures the fashion, the music and most importantly, the voice of each time. Fans of Don Delillo should eat this up and if you're interested, another recent novel that treads similar ground is Hari Kunzru's My Revolutions. Definitely worth checking out. Greg

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