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Sartor Resartus by Thomas Carlyle
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Mar 31, 10

bookshelves: shouldreread, ficciones, men-of-letters

Looked into this the other day, and wow. Carlyle is easy to loathe. But I'd forgotten how good this is.
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Szplug His writing is so mellifluous and plush—and the humour in this book is underrated, in my opinion.


Eric Melville has the same saturnine sense of humor.


Szplug That's a great way of putting it, Eric—though I'm left to admit that, having read nothing of Melville's apart from portions of the cloyingly bizarre Pierre: or, the Ambiguities, I'll have to take your word on the comparison. I find that Carlyle also displays a peculiar admixture of boastfulness and wry self-deprecation that can make it difficult to tell just how much, in either direction, he's being serious. In any event, they certainly don't write like him anymore—and while many here seem to consider that a good thing, I view it with regret.


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