Book review: Amanda Boyden’s Babylon Rolling

Babylon rolling
 

Dept. of Tooting One’s Horn #537: I’ve got a book review—of Amanda Boyden’s Babylon Rolling—in the latest issue of Jackson Free Press. It’s a novel about New Orleans, and it’s got a lot on its mind. Sometimes, that’s good. In this case, well…

It’s ambitious to try and portray the concerns and perspectives of people from different classes, races and generations, but the novel’s breadth is often its biggest problem. Boyden jumps from one story to the next within chapters, going into and out of narrative arcs at odd moments. Instead of drawing the reader into the Orchid [Street] neighborhood and the lives of its residents, this channel surfing keeps the stories at arm’s length.

Read the rest here.

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in RogerEbert.com, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (https://tinyletter.com/Walter_Biggins).
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