Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Yellow Dog Update: A week or so ago I began to suspect that the new Martin Amis novel, which was getting wolfbagged by reviewers, might actually be very good. I'm a contrarian by nature, and experience has taught me that even when my instincts lead me astray, being wrong and contrary is at least fun. So I was preparing to love Yellow Dog.

Now I'm not so sure. TMFTML has pointed me toward a Christopher Caldwell review which succeeds in defending the novel and making it sound both very porny utterly boring. I was hoping for The Elementary Particles meets Vanity Fair meets Everyone's Burning meets London Fields and Caldwell describes The Book of Virtues meets Real Sex, Part XIV.

Bah. Now I'll have to read the book myself and make up my own mind.