Monday, April 4th, 2011

The Tournament of Books Declares the Book of 2010!

It's the grand championship of this year's Tournament of Books! It's a back and forth of all the judges, taking on what apparently were the two biggest books of the year: Jonathan Franzen's Freedom and Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad. There was more back and forth and reversal than this weekend's Nadal-Djokovic match! Or, as judge Jennifer Weiner put it, "It’s like Sophie’s Choice, if Sophie hated both her kids." (Harsh!) In any event, as in all contests, only one book can win.

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deepomega (#1,720)

It's like March Madness, if March Madness were about an activity that 90% of Americans categorically refused to participate in.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

I thought Franzen-trashing was America's pastime?

Tulletilsynet (#333)

I also thought America was pretty definitively over Franzen. But apparently about half of the judges over at The Morning News are cerulean warblers.

Louis Fyne (#2,066)

I am in the 90% of Americans who have chosen note to play basketball at a Division 1 level.

soco (#8,225)

I really wanted to love A Visit from the Goon Squad. I think I did for 90% of the book. But like Look At Me before it, I just can't stomach Egan's technological musings. The last chapter just didn't work for me.

I also wish Nicole Krauss' Great House, one of my favorites from last year, would get more love.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

I know, right? All her invention and complexity and insight, and in the final chapter she gets all future-projecting cultural-criticky, as if fiction's no good unless it turns out to have a journalistic point. (For me, that was a much bigger camel to swallow than the cute PowerPoint bit.)

turd_sandwich (#5,660)

I prefer the personal touch you only get with hired goons.

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