14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Patchy but entertaining,
This review is from: The Pursuit of Laughter: Essays, Reviews and Diary (Paperback)
I got this after reading The collected letters of the six Mitford sisters, which I found utterly gripping. I have to confess to not being quite as gripped by this collection.
I loved the diary section of the book, but thought that it was too short by comparison with the numerous book reviews included. Some of the book reviews were fascinating, but too many were about subjects I didn't care for, and her voice is not always compelling enough to carry a story about such a subject for me. I also got a little tired of the fact that many of the reviews, which seem to be clumped together by subject were clearly written together with a large amount of crossover material.
The book was too uneven and did not work with the wonderful harmony of the collected letters. I enjoyed the three portraits at the end of the volume about Evelyn Waugh, Violet Hammersley and Lytton Strachey, but there weren't enough of these wonderful moments to make the volume a total success for me.