Hold on to the word "Review" because it is important.
- The LA times has posted a "review" of 11/22/63 by David Ulin.
- It is titled, "Book Review: Stephen King's 11/22/63."
But, there is very little review of 11/22/63 taking place here! It's mostly a discussion of King's character development, genre and how King is under-rated.
The 703 word "review" discusses a new years conversation about Stephen King, Kings novella "A Good Marriage", the novel "The Shining", "Desperation", "The Body", "Misery", quotes from Desperation, discussion of why Desperaton is Ulin's favorite novel, and Ulin even takes a breath to remind us of his own interview with King. . . and on and on. The "review" feels like a golf ball hit full swing in a tile bathroom. It's everywhere except on target!
The strange thing is, there is no real review of 11.22.63 ! Here's the review (are you ready?) --
For the record, I didn't think much of "11/22/63"; I found it meandering and unfocused—not to mention far too long.So it was "unfocused" "meandering" and too long. Interesting, since that is my opinion of Ulin's "review." The review portion of the review was 21 words -- while the article was 703 words. But, according to Ulin, King's book was unfocused!
It seems he didn't like the book, but someone must have assigned him to write a review. Instead of reviewing the book, he spends his time discussing King's strengths. Since he didn't like the book, he makes up for it by telling us King has gotten a "bad rap." Yes! The bad rap comes from Ulin's "review."
Ulin offers no real, substantive discussion of the book, its characters, its themes. Mr. Ulin wrote and unfocused review of King's work, criticizing King for being "meandering and unfocused."
In fact, there is so little discussion of the novel in the review, I am left wondering if he read the book! If he was giving this as a book report in class, I'd have to ask, "Excuse me, did you read the book?" Expect him to say, "I've read a lot of Stephen King." YES! But did you read THIS book?
This review begs the question: Who let this go to print? Did they read it before they printed the "review"? Did the hole for the book review slot demand to be filled, no matter what Ulin wrote?
Read the review for yourself (HERE). I think he was really reviewing THE SHINING !