If you’ve been feeling unnecessarily buoyed or heartened by our last review – which revelled in As You Like It‘s frivolity, silliness and general high jinks – I’ve got the perfect antidote for you. Postcard review #2 is in, and with it we are dragged back to earth with a resounding bump.
So there it is, laid bare for the world. And maybe it does have something in common with our previous review after all – a recognition of the author’s mastery of language – so beautiful that it gilds even the ugliest of sentiments, whether it’s Rabbit’s brutality in Updike’s classic, or, say, Iago’s moral bankruptcy in Shakespeare’s Othello.
So, does the review make me love the book? No.
But does it make me want to read it? Well, yes, it sort of does. Devastating or no, how can one doubt the power of a narrative than provokes such a visceral response?
But what do you think? Have you read it, and do you agree with the review? Will you be picking up a copy?