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Value Judgements and Early Reading

I read Donna Tartt’s The Little Friend for the first time several months ago and found it utterly gripping. I’m sure I’ll read it again, perhaps several times, and I’m sure it will mean more to me every time. Of the novels I’ve read for the first time in the last couple of years, this is the one that I’m most convinced really is a major work of lasting power. It saddens me to feel that it can never affect me as deeply as a number … Continue Reading

Fritzl and Blair

Of course it added to the horror of what Josef Fritzl did to his daughter and the children he fathered on her that he frolicked with his friends on beach holidays abroad and was filmed laughing and playing to the camera while his victims languished underground waiting for their gaoler’s return. But I am put in mind of Raskolnikov’s article in Crime and Punishment that certain people – a Napoleon, say – can get away with mass murder while ordinary people can’t. Raskolnikov absurdly deduces that there … Continue Reading