Outside of some amazingly crafted passages of prose (Moody is a good writer) interspersed between pages and pages of overbloated grandiose literary diarrhea (his eidtor was obviously asleep on the job) this is a loosely plotted novel about loosely connected individuals all driven by thirst of some kind whether it be sexual, artistic, or success driven.
Upon my first attempt at reading it I couldn't get past that long winded god awful first chapte ...more
The "almost freakishly gifted stylist" Rick Moody concocts his latest as if it were The Bonfire of the Vanities as written by James Joyce (or so says The Washington Post). Most critics (at least those on the coasts) agree that the author's writerly gifts give new life to the age-old practice of Hollywood satire. As always, he does go way over the top (for example, the overlong prologue waxes poetic about the sun rising across the globe, and don't we already know that the god of pop culture is a...more
The Diviners is a master class in writing with remarkable characters that I want more of. The plot is merely secondary to the character sketches that are woven throughout. 4.5 stars....maybe 5.
Word Count 579
Rick Moody’s novel The Diviners is strategically composed of several people’s lives and the point of their complicated intersections. At 567 pages, Moody takes his time developing each character’s story, though many extraneous details could have been left out and in my opinion, probably would’ve added to the excitement of the tale, as these excessive descriptions and backgrounds drag on and make for a slow start.
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Its plus sized anti-heroine, Vanessa Meandro (nicknamed Mini-van), is the head of independent New York film studio Means of Production and a ...more
Anyone who has acquired the Diviners and has not already been unduly influenced by lovers and haters might enjoy the book more if he or sh ...more