August 17, 2004

Review with a Twist of Lime

There is nothing more refreshing to read than a British book review, particularly when the reviewer is eviscerating the book in question. The fact that the author being so dissed is Terry Eagleton is in no way icing on this particular cake.

Ahh. Crisp, refreshing and slightly bitter. The gin and tonic of book reviews.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at August 17, 2004 08:48 AM
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Would like to point out that the Telegraph is not the most friendly-towards-the-left paper. Still, it doesn't sound like a very good book.

Posted by: Another Damned Medievalist at August 17, 2004 04:48 PM

ADM -

I know. But I have sort of a personal grudge against Eagleton due to an unfortunate graduate theory course. His writing is often too precious by half.

So bring on the schadenfreude! Woo hoo!

Posted by: BAW at August 18, 2004 08:36 AM

OK, go back to the actual Telegraph page. Look at the ad on the right (for the OH FOOEY when I went back it wasn't there)...it was for some kind of Poker Hell--green-tinged advert with the most bizarre do, of both head and facial hair, on the player. Sort of a Don King white kid quiff, and topiary sideburns, like a soul patch of the cheeks...

What are the Brits thinking?

Posted by: Liz Ditz at August 19, 2004 01:30 AM

As one who suffered from the whole Marxist criticism of everything under the sun in literature when I was attending college, reading this criticism was indeed a refreshing iced drink. It was impossible to convince my English instructor that a book could have a point that was not Marxist and still be worth reading. I was almost ready to change majors at that point. Luckily my next professor had a mind that was not completely taken up by Marxism and I was saved.

Posted by: dick at August 19, 2004 03:33 PM

As one who suffered from the whole Marxist criticism of everything under the sun in literature when I was attending college, reading this criticism was indeed a refreshing iced drink. It was impossible to convince my English instructor that a book could have a point that was not Marxist and still be worth reading. I was almost ready to change majors at that point. Luckily my next professor had a mind that was not completely taken up by Marxism and I was saved.

Posted by: dick at August 19, 2004 03:34 PM