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Bitter Experience Has Taught Me
Bitter Experience Has Taught Me
by Nicholas Lezard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.48

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bitter Experience has Taught Me, 31 Aug. 2013
I was initially wondered if a collection of previously published columns - even if well-edited - might not amount to any more than the sum of its parts, especially as most of the parts were familiar to me from reading the New Statesman regularly. But I was wrong. If you enjoyed reading the original articles, you will enjoy the book, and if you haven't have them, you should enjoy it all the same, if you are interested in London life, louche life and a first-rate prose style. Lezard can be a very funny writer indeed - the sequence about buying the new toaster is one for the anthologies, if anyone still publishes such things - and the book contains what I suspect might be the funniest, not to say filthiest, use of the word "bowsprit" in print. The book has its serious side as well, and much of the pleasure comes from the judicious balance between these different moods. Some critics (I am told) have complained about a vein of self-pity; while this may have been evident in some of the original columns, the book itself successfuly avoids this trap and Lezard is in fact pretty ruthless with himself. A treat from beginning to end - and talking about the end, the acknowledgements are remarkably moving. Will there be a Volume 2? Or will the Hovel fall down before then? Bitter Experience Has Taught Me

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