By Robert Adams
Fourteen outstanding new studies from the writer of A Love of Reading. Passionate, inspiration frightening, and witty.
A Love of interpreting, the second one Collection includes 14 new reports of contemporary classics from a discriminating, hugely interesting, and prodigiously well-read guide.
In a stimulating choice, starting from Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace to Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, and from Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain to Sheri Holman’s The costume Lodger, renowned literary critic Robert Adams skilfully interweaves a nimble and enlightening dialogue of plot, subject matter, and characterization with interesting ancient, biographical, and literary context. Adams is time and again interested in the spectacle of less-than-perfect people making their method in a antagonistic global, and hence his reports are a highly gratifying mixture of wealthy pathos and ample humour. within the phrases of the Calgary Herald, they're “a bibliophile’s dream.”
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What are these sounds that are both a stab and a kiss, why do they come rushing into my soul and fluttering about my heart? Rus! Tell me what do you want of me! What is the strange bond secretly uniting us? Why do you look at me thus, and why has everything you contain turned upon me eyes full of expectancy? And while I stand thus, sorely perplexed and quite still, lo, a threatening cloud heavy with future rains comes over my head and my mind is mute before the greatness of your expanse. What does this unlimited space portend?
But with Gogol this shifting is the very basis of his art, so that whenever he tried to write in the round hand of literary tradition and to treat rational ideas in a logical way, he lost all trace of talent. When, as in his immortal The Overcoat, he really let himself go and pottered happily on the brink of his private A page from Nabokov's lecture on "The Overcoat" with his drawing of a furred carrick. abyss, he became the greatest artist that Russia has yet produced. The sudden slanting of the rational plane of life may be accomplished of course in many ways, and every great writer has his own method.
Ay, doubly enviable is his admirable lot: those visions are a home and a family to him: and at the same time the thunder of his fame rolls far and wide. The delicious mist of the incense he burns dims human eyes; the miracle of his flattery masks all the sorrows of life and depicts only the goodness of man. Applauding crowds come streaming in his wake to rush behind his triumphal chariot. He is called a great universal poet, soaring high above all other geniuses of the world even as an eagle soars above other high flying creatures.
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