Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Book Review: The Feast of Love

The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter

The guy definitely displays some mastery and warrants taking his advice to heart. He tells a story that is suburban and authentic while being dramatic and at times stunning. What he manages extremely well is the use of different voices, different first person narrators, each with individual flavor. What is unfortunate about the novel is the frame of the story, utilizing the author as if he's talking to these characters and they're giving him their story. I didn't need that set-up.

While this was a National Book Award finalist, I was only a little let down by the first experience with the work of Baxter, beyond his short stories and writing about writing.

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