Tuesday, March 10, 2009

O'Neill's Netherland Eliminated in Round 1

In today's match-up in the Tournament of Books, Louis de Bernieres’s relatively unknown novel, A Partisan’s Daughter, wins over Joseph O’Neill’s highly vaunted post-9/11 novel about cricket (among other things), Netherland. Judge Kate Schlegel explains what she likes about A Partisan's Daughter:
The simpler plot and characters let the lovely writing and story shine through. And that makes all the difference.

See the full report here. Tomorrow's match-up pits Mark Sarvas's Harry, Revised against Aravind Adiga's Booker-Prize-winning novel, The White Tiger.

1 comment:

Steph said...

I wish A Partisan's Daughter were more unknown... to me! I read it for the tournament and thought it was absolutely dreadful.

If by "simpler plot" Kate Schlegel means "shallow" and "waste of time", then I completely agree with her.