I am the walrus

April 19, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Okay, I’m not. But I am in The Walrus, with a short review of Russell Smith’s new novel, Girl Crazy:

A simple description of Girl Crazy’s plot makes it sound like a heterogeneous mess: Lolita meets a David Lodge academic satire by way of Elmore Leonard. Indeed, for the first two-thirds, Justin’s deepening obsession with Jenna — and the increasingly dark places to which that obsession drives him — is so potent that the satire of a corporate-run education system appears to be fifth business, an unnecessary distraction from the novel’s central concerns. But this belies the canny subtlety of Smith’s structure. As the book progresses, Jenna becomes less and less of a physical presence; her last appearance is as a voice on the phone. As Justin moves through the novel’s final stretch, the various elements coalesce into a darkly comic study of fractured masculinity.

The rest of the review – along with reviews of six other big spring books – is online at The Walrus‘s website.


One Response to “I am the walrus”
  1. August says:

    Goo goo ga joob.