Doom and gloom in 1960s London

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Youth by J.M.Coetzee Where to begin with J.M. Coetzee’s Youth. Rarely have I felt such conflicting feelings about a book. Gloomy would be one way to describe it; cerebral another. Intelligent, insightful and virtuosic? Definitely. Pretentious? I only found out after finishing that Youthis the second instalment of the South African author’s fictionalised memoir, making it Scenes from… Continue reading Doom and gloom in 1960s London

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Visiting post-war France with William Maxwell

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To say that very little happens in William Maxwell's The Château would be to over-estimate its drama. But that doesn't matter. Maxwell's book is principally concerned with the characters, sculpted slowly and deliberately over hundreds of pages. The writer does not make any concessions for the patience of the reader and though I might have… Continue reading Visiting post-war France with William Maxwell