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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Review: Palin Book Lacks Intelligence, Analysis, Wit, Realism

I cite, without editorial comment, the review of citizen Sarah Palin's Going Rogue, newly posted by my friend and new Bard of White Owl Mr. Matthew J. Trask of Hubba's House:

...[Going Rogue] displays no intelligence, no analysis, no wit, and no realism. I really hate to say this, but it’s Chicken Soup for the Political Soccer Mom’s Soul.

There are no grammatical errors or errors of syntax, no misspellings and the paragraphs and chapters all line up nicely. It’s an easy read, too easy, like a glossy happy sixth grade textbook. I have read Civil War era “Lost Cause” treatises that were more realistic than this. It’s “rah rah go Alaska/America” with pedantic descriptons of Alaskan scenery, a few brief gushing sentences on Alaskan historical figures (William Seward,) and the most generic of quotes scattered here and there. For nuts on the fruitcake, we get the occasional unfunny soccer mom joke, not as in offensive, as in simply not funny [Matthew Trask, "Book Review: Going Rogue by Sarah Palin," Hubba's House, 2010.01.02].

Drop by Hubba's House to read the full review and leave your comments. Horseman, bibliophile, and imminent groom Mr. Trask is always happy to discuss literature and the affairs of this great nation.


  1. Reviews of my own books range from one extreme to the other.

    For one of my works, a reviewer suggested that I had received my inspiration from "Beelzebub," and that all copies ought to go to the ovens. Another reviewer called the work "clearly the best book on this subject ever written."

    I have not read Palin's book, and I don't plan to read it. Nevertheless, I would take the review referenced in this post (or any review of any book) with a massive dose of skepticism (if not cynicism).

  2. Steve Sibson1/04/2010 6:22 AM

    When considering what is considered intelligent, enlightened, and progressive nowadays, the review is a compliment to Palin.

    I heard the ending was grand, with Palin admitting she had turned her life over to Jesus Christ.


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