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One-line reviews of 100+ books: 21-30

One-line review #21: ‘A Room With a View’ by E. M. Forster. An entertaining read, with fine characterisation, but perhaps at the expense of plot and any sense of drama. One-line review #22: ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ by Thomas Hardy. Beautiful prose, hit-and-miss analytical narrative voice, slightly disappointing (overly…

‘The Flight of Helena’

The Flight of Helena I need above all to hear limbs breaking Underfoot, and the squelch of tender stems, And the frail juice of the living wood, Extracted by foot, fist or falling branch, Merging with mist in the moonlit air. To loosen inner chaos, submerge it In overgrowth, is…

‘Not There But Here’

Not There But Here On the first day it rained. It never rains here, but an Englishman always travels with his weather. Under a sheet-metal sky we wore raincoats and saw statues by a famous local artist on the promenade. A familiar wind from the sea blew the doors of…

One-line reviews of 100+ books: 11-20

One-line review #11: ‘A Clockwork Orange’ by Anthony Burgess. Real horrorshow: punchy, witty, a lot more layered than the film (which I still admire greatly, but am able to differentiate by the end) without labouring its points, and – one of the things that impressed me most – it enables…

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