[ilds] fat and florid novels

slighcl slighcl at wfu.edu
Thu Aug 9 06:16:44 PDT 2007

See below for another nod-and-shrink acknowledgment of Durrell.  It 
really is a curious pattern to trace.

Query:  What is wrong with "fat and florid" novels? 

Second Query: Must young writers really write to the norm and to the 
standard of "lean and chaste"? 

Surely we readers are more catholic in taste than that. 

Perhaps our Northern Ministry can provide us with additional information.




> *New voices: Kevin Patterson*
> By Bob Minzesheimer, USA TODAY
> Here's the scoop on /Consumption/ author Kevin Patterson:
> *The book*
> .*/Consumption/*(Doubleday/Talese, $25)
> .*What it's about:* A debut novel about the clash of cultures in the 
> Canadian Arctic featuring an Inuit woman who had tuberculosis as a 
> child and a doctor from New York who is out to escape his past.
> .*Why it's notable:* Critics raved when it was first published in 
> Canada last year, noting Patterson's firsthand experiences as a doctor 
> in the Arctic.
> .*Memorable line:* "Storms are sex. They exist alongside and are 
> indifferent to words and description and dissection."
> *The author*
> .*Quick bio:* Patterson, 42, grew up in Manitoba and attended medical 
> school under the sponsorship of the Canadian Army.
> .*Quote:* "Medicine and writing are natural companions. ... They both 
> revolve around narrative --- interpreting and teasing apart stories."
> .*Fun fact:* Patterson lived on his boat until he sailed into 
> Salt-spring Island, "a firred and rocky outcrop" between Vancouver and 
> the Canadian mainland he now calls home.
> .*Literary influences:* "Mark Helprin and *Lawrence Durrell*, both of 
> whom write fat and florid novels that appall me now but opened my eyes 
> to the power of fiction when I was in my 20s."
> .*Next up:* /Becalm/, a sequel to his 1999 travel memoir, /The Water 
> in Between/, about sailing from British Columbia to Tahiti.

Charles L. Sligh
Department of English
Wake Forest University
slighcl at wfu.edu

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