Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Radon Daughters

It shouldn't surprise anyone when three-fifths of the way through Iain Sinclair's novel there is a epigram from James Ellroy, a kindred insurgent against the Latin sentence. That said, it isn't far into the work when the pun of the novel's chief character becomes evident: Todd Sileen. Dr Destouches aside, there a great deal of the better early Celine in these pages. This proved a challenge, much as when Levi Stahl termed a reading of Henry James as requiring those higher registers of one's acumen, an endeavor akin to reading the Bard.


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