The Digested Read
By John Crace
Literary ombudsman John Crace never met an important book he didn’t like to deconstruct. From Salman Rushdie to John Grisham, Crace retells the big books in just 500 bitingly satirical words, pointing his pen at the clunky plots, stylistic tics and pretensions to Big Ideas, as he turns publishers’ golden dream books into dross.
In the grand tradition of Tom Lehrer and Stan Freberg, Crace takes the books that produce the most media hype and retells each story in its author’s inimitable style. Writers like Philip Roth, Don DeLIllo, Margaret Drabble, Paul Auster, Alice Sebold, John Updike, Tom Wolfe, Ruth Rendell, A.S. Byatt, John LeCarre, Michael Crichton and Ian McEwan all emerge delightfully scathed in this volume that makes it easy to talk knowingly about books you’ve never bothered to read or, for that matter, should have.
288 pages, 5" x 7", full-color cover. Published by RDR Books. ISBN 978-1-57143-159-2 $16.95 trade paper