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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Let Us Now Praise Famous Works

"It is not a romantic novel, though it is a very passionate one. It is anti-romantic. It does not lead from frustrated love to fulfilled love to climactic marriage. It begins with the mistaken marriage choices of its 'heroine' and 'hero' and shows the inexorable workings of their coming to terms with their folly."

- A.S. Byatt waxes eloquent on Eliot's Middlemarch.

...and Sean O'Hagan assesses Kerouac's On The Road, 50 years on:

"...On the Road continues to be read. What was once a zeitgeist book, though, and one that defined a transformative moment in postwar culture, has become a historical artefact. It may even be the case that today's teenagers read On the Road in much the same way that my generation read Laurie Lee's picaresque rites-of-passage novel As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning - as a glimpse into an already distant past when things seemed simpler."


  • Speaking of Byatt, it's time to re-read her most famous work, Possession. Though I do also love The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:25 PM  

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