aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,
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My review of The Unnamed for The Oregonian

I reviewed Joshua Ferris' new book, The Unnamed for the Oregonian. It was a hard review to write.

I adored his first book, And Then We Came to the End. One of my posts about And Then We Came to the End. And my post about how some were disappointed with sales.

For me, The Unnamed tried to do something difficult and failed. Is it better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all? I found it endlessly depressing. I tried to be balanced in my review, and since I turned it in I've been looking at many other reviews. Time and Newsweek seemed to like it. USA Today and the New York Times (twice!) did not. With varying degrees of not liking.

This is my review. Every reviewer seemed to struggle with the question: What was Tim's mysterious "walk until you drop" illness a metaphor for?



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