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David Frumís new novel is awful
The Daily Caller ^ | 05/03/2012 | Mark Judge

Posted on 05/03/2012 8:36:55 PM PDT by Publius804

How can someone who writes compelling nonfiction be so terrible at fiction? I’ve just read the first few chapters of David Frum’s new novel, “Patriots.” It is bloody awful. It also defeats the purpose that Frum claims he intended for it, which was to write a novel that tells deeper truths than journalism. In fact it retreads ground Frum the journalist has gone over many times before, most notably his increasingly shrill belief that conservatives are nuts.

Frum is a former conservative who is now trending liberal and may in fact be headed for the netherworld of Andrew Sullivanville; he has written many good nonfiction books about politics and culture, including my favorite, “How We Got Here: The 70s: The Decade that Brought You Modern Life — for Better or Worse.” The man knows how to write. But “Patriots” is a stinker. The thing is so filled with clichés, bad dialogue and obvious plotting that I’m not sure where to start.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: frum; liberalism; neocon

1 posted on 05/03/2012 8:36:59 PM PDT by Publius804
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To: Publius804

I loved it when Mark Levin took Frum to the woodshed.


2 posted on 05/03/2012 9:20:02 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot.)
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To: Publius804

Frum’s never been a conservative, but he’s always been an a—hole. I believe he was once a speechwriter for W, but that just shows W’s lack of good conservative ideology.


3 posted on 05/03/2012 9:22:48 PM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
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To: Publius804

“How can someone who writes compelling nonfiction...”

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Like what?

“The RINO’s Guide to Attacking Conservatism”?


4 posted on 05/03/2012 9:23:00 PM PDT by EyeGuy (Non-Holder person.)
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To: Publius804

“the purpose that Frum claims he intended for it, which was to write a novel that tells deeper truths than journalism.”

Sure seems to be a Democrat.


5 posted on 05/03/2012 9:42:42 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: Publius804

If you ever thought that David Frum was a conservative, you’re either a Ripon squish or a far-left Democrat.


6 posted on 05/03/2012 9:47:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

exactly.


7 posted on 05/03/2012 10:23:53 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Publius804

How hard could it be to write deeper truths than journalism?


8 posted on 05/04/2012 12:50:13 AM PDT by pallis
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To: pallis

Well said!

Any molecule-thick layer of sweat is ‘a deeper truth than journalism’.


9 posted on 05/04/2012 2:29:37 AM PDT by agere_contra
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