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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful biographical journey, 19 Dec 2006
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This review is from: Sidetracks (Paperback)
Join Holmes in his exciting ramble across lush biographical pastures and enjoy his scenic references to the relatively unknown talents of intriguing people such as Nadar, Gautier, Barham, Maturin, Pierrot, Nerval and others. Holmes offers a keen insight into the art of biography, supplying the reader with sketches, essays, and radio-plays spanning thirty years. I was enthralled by the writer's sensitivity towards his material, a literary treat of well-researched, often humorous details, demonstrating his passion for these remarkable human histories. And the depth of knowledge revealed in Holmes' treatment of giants such as Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Thomas Chatterton, Voltaire, James Boswell is skilfully displayed, resurrecting past lives and providing a `voice' for these important personalities. Indeed Holmes' autobiographical references are no less interesting and I was entertained by his Parisian sojourn with the talented writer Rose Tremain. I think this book will add an extra dimension to understanding biography and, like me, lead to numerous detours through the world of literature.
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Sidetracks by Richard Holmes (Paperback - 3 Oct 2005)
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