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The Autograph Man
By Zadie Smith
7/10 from 1 review
Categories: British Fiction
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1 review
So-so second novel
Doesn't grab you as easily as White Teeth did, also this one seems a lot more self-consciously 'big novel'-ish - i.e. it feels like she's shoehorning themes and motifs in, rather than just letting the story unfurl them naturally.

It also shows that she's been hanging around the McSweeney's crowd, there are some real Dave Eggar stylistics in places. This reminds me of a Raymond Carver review of a Donald Barthelme book, where he said Barthelme is the most copied but never matched writer. His style seems deceptively simple, so everyone copies it, but it's actually really hard to pull off. I think the self-conscious Eggars style is the same.
Rating: 7/10
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Posted by Chris Locke on Thu, 19th September 2002, 6:53pm
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