In the current issue of Time Magazine (November 3, 2008) there is an interesting article about the new titles by Toni Morrison, John Updike, and Philip Roth. Click here for the full text of the article.
The author, Lev Grossman, analyzes each of their new novels arguing that these great American authors of the second half of the 20th century, have revisited their older works and rewritten them in their newest offerings.
I found it a compelling argument. Grossman writes that these novelists, now well entrenched in their 70s, have the perspective to look back at Beloved, The Witches of Eastwick, and Portnoy's Complaint, all classic novels, and reassess their conclusions.
I just put Morrison's A Mercy (11/11/08) on hold, and now I am even more interested in reading it as it fits into Morrison's larger body of work. Also, you can go here, to hear Morrison reading from her new novel on NPR in 4 installments.
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