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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Man, A Fine Book, 16 Sep 2003
J. Skade "joeskade" (London, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Uncollected Michael Foot (Hardcover)
Michael Foot described his book about Byron as 'a vindication' and it is in vindication of heroes, maligned or ignored that Foot's writing comes most alive. The estimable George Lansbury, for example is set in his rightful place, Tom Driberg is defended and Foot's piece on Salman Rushdie was an honourable and brave defence of free speech from a time when so many politicians (and not a few writers) equivocated or kept silent. Foot's writing is passionate, richly melodic and full of sly humour. Not all the pieces here redress wrongs. The lovely lyrical account of his honeymoon, another example of Foot's chuckling mischievous humour, is one of the finest pieces here: and his late wife Jill is a presence behind a number of other pieces including a whole section of essays devoted to women. The opening essay 'A Better Way To Abolish the Weapons' is a 2003 piece on Iraq, and a wise and timely piece too with the old Foot fire undimmed. There are essays on Irishmen, on key figures of the Labour movement and on favourite places. All marvellously re-readable.
This book belongs on the shelf beside not only his wonderful 'Debts of Honour' but his own heroes: Hazlitt, Montaign, Swift, Wells and the others - Heine, Rousseau, Michelet. Michael Foot is a great man who writes like an angel.
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