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Published (first published January 1st 1982)
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Jon Arnold
May 27, 2014 Jon Arnold rated it really liked it
Shelves: essays
I first encountered Clive James via his Sunday night ITV show, where he gently (and often not so gently) mocked foreign TV. He was, for me, a smug yet wry presence who allowed us to laugh at funny foreigners – I beg his forgiveness if I was missing some subtlety in his gags, but though the recall is fond hindsight says that it wasn’t especially edifying. I had no idea of his extensive critical body of work, his volumes of memoir nor his poetry. This is a man who smoothly went from weekly gags ...more
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Incisive essays on a variety of issues - chiefly books and literature - which demonstrate a superb grasp of the subject and a deft handling in making it comprehensible for any reader - albeit those blessed with a modicum of intelligence. The review of Le Carre's book is a delight to read
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This is Clive James third collection of literary criticism.
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An expatriate Australian broadcast personality and author of cultural criticism, memoir, fiction, travelogue and poetry. Translator of Dante.
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