First, that the book is not called Finnegan’s Wake is a either a tragedy or triumph depending on your perspective.
Newsday‘s review is titled:
Don’t they mean “literary”? As it stands, Newsday’s editorial team apparently thinks most surfers can’t read.
Precisely the blase vanilla treatment we’ve come to love and lampoon from NPR. It’s, with all due respect, Bruce Johnston standing in for Brian Wilson. It is “Sail On, Sailor,” instead of “Surf’s Up.”
And, finally, The New York Times:
That sounds just about right. Doesn’t overreach, doesn’t underestimate. It’s as safe as NPR in it’s own NYT way. Expected, sure. But it doesn’t try to take the narrative away from the book. That’s what reviews, not their headlines, are for.