I have posted brief reviews at Thornfield Hall Redux of Margaret Drabble’s 1977 novel, The Ice Age, Sandra Cisernos’s novella, Martita, I Remember You, and Julian Symons’ 1967 crime novel, The Man Whose Dreams Came True. Enjoy.
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Here is an excerpt from my new post at Thornfield Hall Redux.
Long ago, in a different universe, before the internet bankrupted book review journals, I was a book reviewer. I loved receiving free books in the mail and seeing my reviews in print. I was an avid reviewer of literary fiction, or the occasional biography, and though not all my critiques were glowing, they were not hatchet jobs…
There is something horrifying about a truly well-wrought vicious review. Human beings glory in schadenfreude. I am a tougher bird than I used to be, and try to take the higher, if not the high, road. Nonetheless, I was spellbound by Michael Hoffman’s brutal review in the TLS of Colm Toibin’s The Magician, a new historical novel about Thomas Mann.
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