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Nearly as immersive as the LOTR books themselves!,
This review is from: J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century (Paperback)
I can only chime in with most of the other reviewers, but this book deserves all the praise. I found it pretty much as un-put-downable as Tolkien's own writing.
Even if you're not into literary criticism but just love the Tolkien books and worlds, I think you will enjoy this book too. You can tell Shippey deeply cares about the characters, stories, languages, poetry... as much as any fan. It doesn't pick apart or clinically analyse the books but only gives even more depth and perspective to your appreciation of them and Tolkien as a writer and creator.
If on the other hand you are looking for a rigorous critical study, this book fully achieves that too.
Shippey's own style of writing is pleasantly straight-forward and unpretentious, but with warmth and sensitivity, not forgetting humour.