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Now how does all this the affect your odds of reading it?After all, you've said that you don't read Booker winners. But you read Pulitzer winners? Right?
Pulitizer winners are, in my experience, almost always disappointing. I actually liked The Road, long, long before it was divinely selected by the almighty Oprah and thus catapulted into cultural approval. This all disgusts me, and frankly I wonder if McCarthy has gone senile or something. Or maybe it's worse: he's completely sold out. No Country For Old Men was clearly written on the fast track to a movie script, and The Road will no doubt now begin filming with Viggo Mortensen and one of the endless supply of never-aging Culkin kids.
I do read Pulitzer winners, but not, uhm, always. I had good solid coverage going for a while—Interpreter of Maladies, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Empire Falls, and Gilead are all quite good, and I have Middlesex and The Known World, even though I haven't read them yet, but I just can't seem to get excited about March, and there's other Cormac McCarthy that I would pobably pick up before The Road.A big part of my momentum is that for two or three years running I had picked up first editions of the eventual Pulitzer winners. Now that I don't work in a bookstore, that's entirely over. I don't even own the last two winners, much less in hardcover.
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