Excellent writers who
unconsciously disappoint in some works
Empire, at least during that period. It was highly recommended by a number of those “books to think about reading” guides so I thought I’d give it a try.
Levy’s historical research reveals some long buried details concerning life in England during the war. One major episode centers on the bullying aspect of American culture – namely in terms of race relations concerning people of African or Caribbean descent – on the ordinary English as three characters go to a showing of Gone with the Wind (1939), which I remember my Nana saying played throughout the war. The balance of democratic power had already shifted to the American empire and that is displayed throughout Gilbert’s sections.
|The Characters in the BBC Version|
|Jayne Anne Phillips|
I’ve found myself rethinking Jayne Anne Phillips’ Machine Dreams (1984) and Shelter (1994) while reading them. They’re filled with beautifully rendered yet endless descriptions of locales as well as character driven scenes that don’t advance the plot.
Both end with sequences that needed to show up much earlier because they engender consequences that are not presented, which left me wondering what happened next. On the other hand, Black Tickets (1979) is one of the half dozen best short story collections I’ve ever read.
It may seem cruel to hold certain writers to account (usually the excellent ones) and think about editing or revising their work, while letting some of the dreary ones get away with mediocrity. The difference is that I won’t read a second book by one of the mediocrities.