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A ground-bass of common humanity is lacking in Reflections in a Golden Eye; we
are in a world inhabited entirely by freaks, freaks different, certainly, from those of
the earlier novel, but all the same freaks. The novel is of a grotesque violence.
... with the concept of the Popular Front; and what still seem its characteristic
novels were the product of a common climate of opinion, the outcome of common
experience whether suffered in the English Midlands, in Chicago or in California.
Heterosexual love is seen as 'devouring', again a common view of it in American
fiction, where, as in From Here to Eternity, women appear as predatory enemies
the price of whose love is the emasculation of the male. In fact, Vidal is unable to
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As with the predecessor, 'Tradition and Dream' is just a great piece of literary history. But it's better than the earlier history (which dealt with English fiction until about 1914) for a few reasons ... Read full review
The Southern Novel Between the Wars
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