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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

How many books did YOU sell?

Barry Callaghan's latest book gets sort of a nod in Books in Canada. (I'd provide a link, but BiC is not online.) I say 'sort of' because although Michael Greenstein reviews, briefly, Callaghan's Raise You Five, he finishes the piece off with a demoralizingly flip comment:

"Raise You Five is very much of its time, but Callaghan trumps the Toronto Telegram in these essays that go beyond local interest. With volumes 2 and 3 he should have a full deck: high fives to Barry Callaghan who deserves more than four or five readers."

Well, either I am the number six reader, or worse... included in the number four or five. Yes, the comments are surely meant figuratively but it's a heck of a way to conclude a review. Thanks, I think?

I guess it could always be worse... like this book review of Portable Altamont, by Brian Joseph Davis. Reviewed by Zach Wells:
“This book strikes me as the product of boredom; it’s a colossal waste of time to read, and one can only imagine the hours of human labour irretrievably lost in its production.” via FHOLE

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