Friday, May 26, 2006

Memoirs - Change of Heart

I commented too quickly on Lara Vapnyar's Memoirs of a Muse, which demonstrates why it is a crime for someone to write a review of a book before finishing it. Vapnyar's muse developed considerably and did experience a transformation. In fact, the novel ended so beautifully that I can recommend it. Maybe others will not be as annoyed by Dostoevsky's exploits with Polina in the secondary plot. I still wish that part was axed, but Vapnyar's final 40 pages or so deserves praise.


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