Author, Author by David Lodge

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A fictionalisation of the latter half of Henry James’s life might not be to everyone’s taste, though coming out as it did in the same year as another such book – The Master by Colm Toibin – you’d think the idea would be to the taste of quite a few people, despite Henry James never really enjoying a great deal of popularity. That said, James is far better regarded now than when he was alive and throwing out amazingly complex novels by the fistful. Lodge, who throws out amazingly unexceptional but popular literary novels by an even more generous fistful, shows himself as a pretty adept judge of narrative and style, and has shown enough good sense in this novel to justify a closer look at his other work.

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