Friday, January 12, 2007

Establishment newspaper defends establishment author against, er, the establishment

From the Guardian blog:
He has now won a Costa prize twice - once for his first novel A Good Man in Africa a quarter of a century ago, and again this week for a thriller Restless - yet some in the literary establishment still feel slightly guilty about enjoying William Boyd. A Boyd novel is not as angry as an Amis, not as exotically strange as a Rushdie, occasionally too neatly tied together for its own good - in short, perhaps, a little too bourgeois, or, perish the thought, too readable.
Or, perish the thought, not really all that good. Just who are these establishment types losing sleep over enjoying Boyd? As tends to be the way with this kind of article, the author doesn't say, raising the possibility - gosh, not again! - that we have here yet another example of the "literary snob" strawman. He certainly is a busy chap these days.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I got a cheap copy of a collection of Boyd's short stories a while back - I only read three or four - thought they were pretty awful.

Anonymous said...

In the intro to that leader it says "some in the literary establishment still feel slightly guilty about enjoying William Boyd". No example is offered of course.

Tim said...

Indeed. I point that out in the post.

TimT said...

Yegads, what happened here? Looks good, anyway. I tried to switch to beta last week but got told that my blogs weren't ready for it, for some reason.

Tim said...

I've been getting that message too, but last night Blogger decided to let me play. The switch seems not to have wrecked the blog, although I notice a lot of comments are now attributed to "anonymous".

Beth said...

Is new blogger fun?

And I hate it when people use the literary snob strawman. Hate it hate it hate it. Keep fighting the good fight by pointing out these egregious insults to our intelligence, sterne-meister.