Wednesday, November 19, 2008

P.F. Kluge's GONE TOMORROW in The New York Times

Janet Maslin reviews Gone Tomorrow in The New York Times: "A sharply observed yet tender novel of academic life and its many sand traps, P. F. Kluge (himself a writer in residence at Kenyon College, which is the subject of his nonfiction book “Alma Mater”) uses the persona of Canaris to describe the dangers that a writer-teacher faces. Even that job description defies reason. Why is it that “in the same way that people assume an opera singer can handle folk music or a four-star chef can preside over a short-order grill, it is assumed that a writer can teach writing”? The first and perhaps greatest danger about which Gone Tomorrow warns is that of getting too comfortable inside a college’s cozy microcosm. Finally, in a turn that might have tickled Canaris had he lived to see it, “Gone Tomorrow"is a good title. Too good. Mr. Kluge’s “Gone Tomorrow” is already being outsold on by Lee Child's “Gone Tomorrow,” a Jack Reacher thriller that doesn’t come out until May. Should any of Mr. Child’s devotees order the wrong novel by mistake, they’ll still get a book about a sharp-eyed, solitary troublemaker. They probably won’t be sorry."

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