Monday, August 19, 2013
There's been a lot of ink spilled over the past month or so over Marisha Pessl's newest novel, "Night Film." It's much too soon for it to be available through the LOC, so I decided to start at the beginning of her novelistic career with "Special Topics in Calamity Physics." This is a BIG undertaking; 500 densly-writ pages centered on the life of Blue Van Meer, a slightly obnoxious, overly-bright, wry teenager and her vagabonding political science professor father. If you, the reader, are not widely and/or eclecticly read it's going to be hard going. But if you are, or if you're willing to work at it, this is a great read. At first I thought it was just the author showing off her familiarity with a stunning selection of literary names, titles, places, plots, characters, etc. But after several chapters, I've decided she's just having a high old time telling a funny and wicked tale. Her chapter titles read like the summer reading list from an up-scale high school. Enjoy!