The Royal Family

By William T. Vollmann

Oliver Ruff The Royal Family

I think this was one of the times when Vollmann sent back a chunk of his advance in exchange for publishing the book exactly as he wanted. While this is a completely admirable thing to do in one sense, I still have a nagging suspicion that a judiciously edited five-hundred page book about whores might have been preferable to a eight-hundred page book about whores that, to be brutally honest, tends to meander a bit.

The prevalence of the phrase "eight-hundred page book about whores" in discussions of Vollmann's work from this period is part of what made Europe Central such a pleasant surprise.

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