“You will learn something new (although Mr. Morais explains that his novel is not a doctrinal explanation of Buddhism). You will laugh (Americans in all their crude, crazy glory, can provide great insight and sensitivity). But, most of all, you will love this wonderful story.” Book Hog review of BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN, June 30.
When the last page of a book is turned, there is usually another book patiently waiting to be opened at our elbow. Those of us who are professional scribblers feel that way about book criticism. The pages in newspapers devoted to book reviews have sadly been decimated, but in their stead have risen book-adoring lit bloggers, who have filled a critical hole in the all-important literary criticism business. They are, just like with the newspaper business of old, of varying quality – but all share, with their followers, a genuine love of reading. Bless them. They do the nation a great service, keeping the light of literature alive.
This is all a longwinded wind-up to the fact that on the nail-biting eve of BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN‘s July 17 availability, the first lit blogger in America has weighed in on my second novel. It’s Jacki, otherwise known as the Book Hog. Check her out. Please. For the good of America.