Wendy McClure | Chicago Reader

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Re: “I Sailed With Magellan vs. The House on Mango Street: Greatest Chicago Book tournament, round two

Nitpicker, I didn't dismiss Augie March, and not sure where you even got that impression from my essay. Augie March wasn't in my judging bracket—I thought it would be, and I bought the book anticipating that I'd have to read it, and I still plan to at some point. As far as I can tell the only disparaging thing I said about Augie March was that it was 586 pages (which also happens to be the truth), and that I was ambivalently relieved that I didn't have to read it on assignment. If you think that's a putdown, I can't help you.

And if Peter can be chagrined that I have yet to begin reading a 586-page book, I can be equally chagrined that he has yet to look on a UK bookselling website for The House on Mango Street, an alleged masterwork.

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Posted by Wendy McClure on 02/09/2015 at 6:50 PM

Re: “I Sailed With Magellan vs. The House on Mango Street: Greatest Chicago Book tournament, round two

Peter, have you read "The House on Mango Street" yet? When it won in the last round you said you hadn't, and you're conspicuously not talking about it here. Let's hope that all these comments you've written are in the spirit of actually engaging in the book discussion, not just criticizing the writers. So someone who has probably written enough commentary over the past few weeks to equal the word count of "The House on Mango Street" (it's just over 105 very sparse pages), hasn't read one of the most important books ever to come out of Chicago, even though he knew it would come up for judging again in this discussion he's been faithfully following? Say it's not true.

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Posted by Wendy McClure on 02/09/2015 at 9:35 AM

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