Didn’t take me long to cover the literary items in the Sun-Times and Tribune this weekend:
* in the Sun-Times, Roger K. Miller admires Arthur Phillips’s The Egyptologist: “The author deftly shifts back and forth among a half-dozen voices and styles. He states in comments at the back of his book that when he set out to write it he knew absolutely nothing about Egyptology. That makes the audacity of his creation as great as that of his protagonist’s, and the success of it even greater.”
* Also in the ST, Githa Hariharan’s In Times of Siege gets a brief thumbs-up from Delores and Roger Flaherty: “In Times of Siege successfully pulls together this theme of personal struggle along with comment on current affairs in India and observation on the uses and perversions of history. The author does it with subtlety and great good humor, making Shiv Murthy someone we can easily like and understand.”
* Sadly, the Trib’s books page largely overlooks literary fiction and poetry this week. However, I enjoyed the piece on one of my favorite local blues artists, Lurrie Bell.