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At this point the unsatisfactoriness of the plot reveals itself . By his very nature Booth is a doomed man ; in reality not even an Amelia could have saved him . But in the last pages , all is put right : it is discovered that the will ...
He was doing something profoundly new in fiction , but he was hamstrung all the time as a novelist by using old methods . He took over the old complex plot of the eighteenth - century novelists , with its young hero on whom the thread ...
But these failures in the management of his plots matter less in Hardy than they would in any other novelist ; they are botches , but they do not ruin the work , because though large enough when measured in terms of plot they are small ...
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Remember when literary critics read books and wrote about them? No? Well, I do now. He got a few things wrong - what did these people ever see in H.G. Wells? In Meredith? That they should be put next ... Read full review
THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE EARLY VICTORIANS
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