might have shot herself in the foot over this, but good on you Isabel for
giving me a chuckle today. Rather than putting me off her book,
it has made me far more interested to read it and see for myself what
all the fuss about. (Some bookshop owners have been so upset and offended they have sent the book back to the publishers – oh woe – don’t they realise this storm will actually pump up sales?!)
what the creative writing pundits tell you, I’ve always believed that any truly
great writer of fiction should be able to write in just about any
genre if they put their mind to it, do their research and homework, and perhaps Isabel would have been wiser to use a pseudonym and
just risk getting sprung as happened to JK Rowling.
irony is that a few days’ earlier, the Guardian gave the book a mixed review but did include this concluding sentence
while there are many places where Ripperreads
like a half-polished experiment, what lingers is Allende's
generosity with fictional detail, her warmth and humanity.
should now add 'and her sense of humour.'
a more serious level, I despair when the media uses inflammatory
phrases like 'widespread outrage' over something as trivial as
this and then uses it again for describing the massacre of innocents
in Syria. No wonder people have become desensitised to the power and
meaning of words.