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For the moment , Peacock has become the crank in question , Mr. Escot , Mr. Flosky . He has apprehended the essence of a theory , a dogmatic point of view , and it is as though the theory , the dogmatic point of view , is parodying ...
His strength lay in his specialized knowledge ; it would be almost true to say that he had to become a politician before he could become a novelist . But within his limitations he grasped and expressed ...
It becomes a splendid smoke screen , a dazzling tapestry of magnificently sonorous language . ... The confidence trick occurs when , the tragic vision having failed or become momentarily blurred , the grand style falls into rhetoric .
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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