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The Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison
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Feb 10, 2012

really liked it
Read in March, 1972

I first read this book this book when I was sixteen and loved it as intensely as only sixteen year olds love. Forty years later my opinion has changed to the extent that it is still one of my favourite books, but I will not read it again. Firstly, the prose is lush and beautiful but at times self-indulgent; secondly the politics/morality of the novel is reprehensible; thirdly, the most attractive characters are the villains, the heroes being vain and insipid. So why am I recommending this book?
I don't believe in perfection in art and so don't demand or expect it, so the above criticisms don't - in my eyes - damn the book. What I did love was the narrative sweep and epic grandeur of the work, and the sonorous quality of the prose. My greatest compliment to the book has been to write my own in which I attempt to address the above criticisms (www.theplightofangels.co.uk); 157,000 words is testament (sic) to my affection for this book. Though personally I can no longer stomach its proto-fascist ideology, I would still thoroughly recommend it

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Jean-marcel Well, the ending made me feel a bit like crap, too, but I'm not convinced it wasn't supposed to. As you say though, it doesn't really matter; to me, this is also a terrific book.

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