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horse heaven by jane smiley

From:     book reviews
Category: Books
Date:     31 August 2007
Time:     10:27 AM


Intensely readable. I wonder if the sheer force of easy writing and plotting can undermine literary 
appreciation. Does Smiley's frequent change of setting and character and voice mean that we rate 
her lower than the repetitive Roths and Bellows of the book world? Does her femaleness mean she is 
less attached to the semi-autobiographical protagonist?

Or is Smiley just trash fiction dressed up a little fancy to make the dumbo-intellectuals feel better 
about reading stories?

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