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well researched but stodgy,
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This review is from: Mr Foote's Other Leg: Comedy, tragedy and murder in Georgian London (Hardcover)
The story of Samuel Foote is fascinating, and Ian Kelly has done a wonderful job in researching the story. Sadly the telling of it was stodgy and pedantic. A much lighter touch would have better served the tale of a great comic writer and actor. The only time the style of the writer and the content really work is in the two trials at the end of the book where the dour and meticulous writing are a good mix with what is happening at the trials.
As with some other readers I almost stopped reading in the ponderous first 3/4 of the book.