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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
By Dave Eggers
9/10 from 1 review
Categories: Biography, Fiction
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1 review
absorbing, pretentious, touching, banal.
Dave Eggers' manufacture of "Dave Eggers" has been hard to miss. First Might, then McSweeney's, but most of all this biography-as-fiction, so knowingly knowing that it threatens to disappear up its own colophon.

Eggers is at his best writing without spin: the opening chapters, describing the deaths of his parents, have a spareness and clarity that gives way to an increasingly stultefying archness, that only lifts briefly towards the end. Infuriating, brilliant in paragraphs, ultimately unsatisfying.

It's a book I read in hardback, bought the paperback, read the (fine) new section "Mistakes We Knew We Were Making", didn't re-read. Perhaps Eggers' attempt to combine aching self-awareness and faux-naivety has had its day, condemned to the late 90s with all those confessional columnists.
Rating: 9/10
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Posted by nick sweeney on Tue, 24th July 2001, 4:39pm
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