John Henry Days, by Colson Whitehead

Posted: June 28, 2003 at 5:35 am in fiction

I really liked Whitehead’s first novel, The Intuitionist, so I’d been meaning to read his follow up novel for a while. There’s a nice writeup of it, including an excerpt, at Random House’s website. I finally got it from the library a couple weeks ago. Whitehead is a really good writer. His observations of modern life are interesting, and his descriptions are often sumptuous. He still needs a bit of work on plotting – the vignettes on the lives of peripheral characters were often more interesting than the main story line. Recommended.

One Response to “John Henry Days, by Colson Whitehead”

  1. Eric Nehrlich, Unrepentant Generalist || The Colossus of New York, by Colson Whitehead || February || 2007 Says:

    […] I’ve liked Colson Whitehead’s previous work, including The Intuitionist (the title convinced me to pick up the book), and John Henry Days. His writing is just wonderfully sumptuous, so rich that I often have to re-read bits to appreciate the language. […]

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