Posts Tagged: Sam Jordison

Stability in the Spinning Chaos

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Why is Catch-22 so widely read? According to the Guardian’s Sam Jordison, Joseph Heller’s novel is powerful because its protagonist Yossarian is “an old-fashioned hero”: Readers immediately cared about Yossarian, and his survival. Yossarian is the point of connection and understanding; a strong central fulcrum around which the chaos of the novel spins. He’s also that universally appealing […]

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Where Books Meet Their Ends

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For the Guardian, Sam Jordison draws parallels between Don DeLillo’s previous novels (White Noise and Omega) and his most recent novel, Zero K: In Point Omega, we’re told: “The true life is not reducible to words spoken or written, not by anyone, ever.” In White Noise, meanwhile, Jack Gladney already feels like he is the false character following his name […]

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Talking Cats and Didacticism

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I must be missing something. Mustn’t I? Sam Jordison, for the Guardian’s reading group, has dived into Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore and promptly landed in shallow water. Possibly too relatable for some of us, Jordison shares his frustrations over Murakami’s plotting (or, he might argue, lack thereof) which takes away from his writing’s beauty.

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