And You Folks Were Complaining About Vollmann A Few Weeks Ago

The London Times: “Hall really wants to be the new David Mitchell, a writer who can give an unforgettable voice to, say, a floating quantum thought particle, but has neither his searing intelligence nor his ability. We are left with only stratospheric pretentious-ness, where the writer’s barely assimilated reading and capacity to invent empty tricks stalk the pages like ghosts….Nevertheless, this is an important cultural marker – of the triumph of the PR machine over that poor, passé little thing called writing.”


One Comment

  1. Ouch indeed but the difference from my original complaint on Vollman was that he as a established author knocked a first novel.
    Neel Mukherjee is the Times Critic not an author and has a long history of sniping at authors albeit sometimes rightly so.

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