The Early Days of a Better Nation

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Longer Sharp

Ellis Sharp has set up a new blog for his longer pieces. He kicks off with a look at Slaughterhouse-Five, and asks to what extent it is undermined by the historical revising of the revisionist history that gave it its factual foundation. A likewise explicit checking of the political cards on the table informs his discussion of Ian McEwan's new novel, Saturday. Sharp was on the march that McEwan (and his hero) weren't. This gives him a different perspective from any of McEwan's broadsheet reviewers I've so far seen. Perhaps it's also what enables him to fish out dripping clumps of clunky expository dialogue and internal monologue that would get a science-fiction writer carpeted by the infodump inspectorate.


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