Textermination: A Novel
In her latest novel, Textermination, the eminent British novelist/critic Christine Brooke-Rose pulls a wide array of characters out of the great works of literature and drops them into the middle of the San Francisco Hilton. Emma Bovary, Emma Woodhouse, Captain Ahab, Odysseus, Huck Finn... all are gathered for the Annual Convention of Prayer for Being, to meet, to discuss, to pray for their continued existence in the mind of the modern reader. But what begins as a grand enterprise erupts into total pandemonium: with characters from different times, places, and genres all battling for respect and asserting their own hard-won fame and reputations. Dealing with such topical literary issues as deconstruction, multiculturalism, and the Salman Rushdie affair, this wild and humorous satire pokes fun at the academy and ultimately brings into question the value of determining a literary canon at all.
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Review: TexterminationUser Review - Natalie - Goodreads
It's extremely clever and I felt smart when I understood the literary references and puns. A lot of dialogue is written in foreign languages, which heavily taxed my mediocre French, poor Spanish, and atrocious German. The meta is very meta. The obscure is very obscure. Read full review
Review: TexterminationUser Review - Tony Gualtieri - Goodreads
Well, that was fun! Read full review