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Posted Mon Mar 30th, 2009 3:23pm Post subject: Literary Glasshouses
S. Faulks on Desert Island Discs. Led me to read ‘Birdsong’. (Faulks style immediately striking me as drab); but anyway, 2 things – firstly, this on the flyleaf : “When I go from hence, let this . . .” (Rabindranath Tagore, ‘Gitanjali’); secondly – “ . . . asparagus and artichokes that had been left unpicked in their reckless prodigality.” (P 44 paperback ed.). IMHO there are three ‘serious’ errors here. I’d like to keep the faith for the remaining 400 pages – but should I – can I, ought I? How much should I be craving the story, and how much the mother’s milk of literary probity? Do you see the same 3 nasties perchance?

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