Tama Janowitz | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of Tama Janowitz.
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SOURCE: “Pre-Literate in Manhattan,” in Los Angeles Times Book Review, October 18, 1987, p. 10.

In the following review, Pilcer briefly considers several thematic implications of A Cannibal in Manhattan.

Perhaps you've seen her Amaretto ads. The most visible of a highly publicized group of young writers who have been hailed “the literary brat pack,” Tama Janowitz has brand recognition. Her new book [A Cannibal in Manhattan.] has been launched with the breathless hype usually reserved for rock acts.

Despite the off-putting title, I was ready to be entertained by her deadpan humor and offbeat characters.

Unfortunately, Janowitz fails to find a voice for Mgungu Yabba Mgungu, as she did for her down-town Slave denizens. “I am nothing more than a savage,” says Mgungu. “I don't understand even the simplest theories of electricity.” Yet this cannibal does know his American brand names as well as the city's hottest clubs.

One hopes...

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This section contains 398 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Review by Sonia Pilcer
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