The Reviews Come Out
One to six months after publication
Reviews of the book appear with initial reactions to the book. Some praise the book:
"Written by a Southerner from Georgia, this first novel, whose language is Tennessee-Georgia dialect expertly wrought into a clipped, elliptic and blunt style, introduces its author as a writer of power."
New York Times Book Review, 18 May, 1952: 4.
"...Wise Blood has an imaginative intensity rare in any fiction these days."
Newsweek, May 19, 1952: 114.
...and some pan it:
"But all too often it reads as if Kafka had been set to writing the continuity for L'il Abner."
Time, 9 1952:108.
"...neither satire nor humor is achieved...sheer monotony."
Saturday Review 24 May,1952: 22.
|Book Review Characteristics|
|AUTHOR:||Professional journalists or freelance reviewers|
|TIMELINESS:||Appears soon after the book's publication|
|CONTENT:||Focuses on answering the question "Should you read this book?"|
|TYPE OF SOURCE:||Secondary|