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Wednesday, May 31, 2006 5:46 pm
The Blog Novel
Posted by: Keir Graff

You probably think that I only review crime novels, books about soccer, and books about blogs. That’s not entirely true: I also review novels about blogs.

I’m reading Jeremy Blachman’s Anonymous Lawyer (Holt). Blachman writes a popular blog called Anonymous Lawyer, with tales told from the point-of-view of “a fictional hiring partner at a large law firm in a major city.” The book, perhaps not suprisingly, is also written from the point-of-view of a fictional hiring partner at a law firm in a major city.

I’m a professional book reviewer, so obviously I would never judge a book before I started reading it, but I took one look at this book and prepared myself to not like it. It’s about lawyers, for one, and I would argue that the world needs another novel about lawyers as much as it needs another movie about how charming people are in small Irish towns.

Also, it’s written in the form of a blog and e-mails. The epistolary novel occupies a small but lofty niche in the annals of literature, but its progeny, the e-mail novel, died a quick and deserving death. A blog novel seemed like, well, couldn’t you just write a blog?

But then I remembered that I’m a blogger, too, and that, while I’m not a lawyer, when I was a teenager my parents often judged my oral arguments to be worthy of a courtroom. So I decided to give in and be prepared to either dislike or like Anonymous Lawyer.

It’s funny. Really funny.

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  1. Likely Stories » Blog Archive » Spending 300 Pages with a Jerk Says:

    [...] « The Blog Novel Printer’s Row » [...]

  2. Likely Stories » Blog Archive » Spending 300 Pages with a Jerk Says:

    [...] The plot of Jeremy Blachman’s Anonymous Lawyer is pretty simple. A hiring partner at a big law firm starts an anonymous blog as a lark, a way to vent frustrations and take potshots at his colleagues. The blog catches on, and his gratification at finding an audience is balanced with his fear of being found out. He can’t stop himself, and of course he is found out, giving those who’ve discovered him an opportunity to tip the balance of power. [...]


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