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“ The root of the whole matter , ” he said , “ is that a novel is not a transcript of life , to be judged by its exactitude ; but a simplification of some side or point of life , to stand or fall by its significant simplicity .
Mrs. Lowder is comic , formidable , implacable ; but she is more , for Kate's is a myth - making mind , and before it has finished with Mrs. Lowder she has become a figure of myth , one that can stand as a symbol of the implacability ...
It is as though he is much more convinced by the Forsytes and what they stand for than he is of the strength of beauty and art . His defense against the Forsytes is in fact sentimentality , into which he constantly retreats .
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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 FIRST GENERA
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