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Thread: The death of Philip Roth, the end of an era?

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    Quote Originally Posted by version View Post
    Pynchon, DeLillo, McCarthy, Morrison and a few others are still knocking about
    Toni Morrison's dead now too.

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    I read Wallace's unfinished final novel The Pale King0
    It sounds ludicrous but I'm more and more convinced that DFW is a shit writer who fluked one masterpiece. Rather than a good writer who wrote some bad stuff, or even a blowing hot and cold writer. Pretty much everything I've read apart from IJ is properly bad.

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    Cormac McCarthy is an interesting one. Love him or loathe him, he has changed his style. Probably realised that he was stuck in a literary dead-end and decided to re-invent himself after perusing dissensus and seeing comments like this one

    It also gets to the point where you basically have to be a lit. student to pick up on all the references and allusions. To get ... you have to have read ..., ... and ... . I think writers perhaps became too clever for their own good

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    I think Wallace identified problems worth thinking about and could be insightful and funny at times, but I don't really like him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdleRich View Post
    It sounds ludicrous but I'm more and more convinced that DFW is a shit writer who fluked one masterpiece. Rather than a good writer who wrote some bad stuff, or even a blowing hot and cold writer. Pretty much everything I've read apart from IJ is properly bad.
    Have you reread IJ?

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    No... doubt I will either. I almost always to read something new than re-tread old ground.

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