Monday, July 4, 2011
Another new book that caught my eye is John Sayles' A Moment in the Sun. Seems he set out to create his version of War and Peace, as this novel weighs in at 1000 pages, and could take the whole summer to read. Nevertheless, it has garnered good reviews such as this one in the NY Times,
Sayles combines these narratives skillfully so they refresh the reader’s curiosity, have plausible literal intersections and build to a comprehensive representation of American political violence at home and abroad. The novel’s many crowd scenes provide frequent dramatic intensity. Sayles begins with Yukon prospectors rushing with greed and fight fans lusting for blood, segues to mass assaults in Cuba and mob violence in Wilmington, then moves on to villages of victims in the Philippines.
Looks like he covers an impressive amount of territory!