I Hotel + Karen Tei Yamashita

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Chalk this up to another book I'll probably never read because I'm illiterate - but you? You can read.

'I Hotel," Karen Tei Yamashita's fourth novel, will be called many things, first of which will be brilliant, which it is. Due to its length and density, it will also be called "sprawling," which it isn't. Like James Joyce's modernist monument, "Ulysses," "I Hotel" is so elegantly constructed that it is as much a piece of architecture as a book. Unlike architecture, or "Ulysses," for that matter, it can be fully understood without taking a 30-hour course involving additional reading material.
What's up James?