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Toronto Star review of Combat Camera

October 17, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Sunday Star has Ryan Bigge’s review of Combat Camera today, in print and not yet online. I note they put James Grainger’s review of Philip Roth online. And gave him a few more column inches (48 to my 30—not that I’m keeping track or anything). And put him above the fold in the print edition. Yeah. I noticed that.

Well, I read my review first. So there, Roth.

It said, in part:

Somerset is a confident, gifted writer, which explains why Combat Camera has already won the Metcalf-Rooke Award. Somerset is able to seamlessly switch between dialogue and Zane’s internal monologue as he darts between grim horror and grim comedy. He also avoids the arid claustrophobia endemic to novels where much of the action takes place within the main character’s mind.

I’d like to clarify that I didn’t feel in the least confident or gifted while writing the damn thing. Or, in fact, this morning.

UPDATED: The review is now online. Link added.

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