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The Song Is You by Arthur Phillips
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Jun 01, 2009

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Though critics praised Phillips's playful, clever prose, they diverged in their reactions to his latest novel. Some appreciated his portrait of electronic-age relationships, while others found it difficult to accept the "hokey and contrived" (New York Times) coupling of a creepy stalker and his improbably nonchalant victim. Some saw Phillips's hidden song titles, playlists, and repetitive tributes to iPods as ingenious depictions of the music industry, while others viewed them as blatant marketing ploys. The critics' disagreement seemed to stem from their reactions to Phillips's previous novels: detractors saw Song as a growth of his talent, but fans viewed it as something of a betrayal. An exploration of loneliness, alienation, and the power of music, The Song Is You is a tuneful take on a peculiar romance.

This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.


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