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Bravely Tinted Gem,
This review is from: English Music (Paperback)
The reviews below indicate that Ackroyd's ambition exceeds his grasp. I would disagree. The story of modest Timothy Harcombe and both the relationship he has with his father plus his intuitive dream connections with key cultural epochs in our nation's history, make this a work on a grand scale.
You do not need to have intimate contacts with the names 'dropped' nor should you consider the 'Music' of the title as something created by orchestras. The strength of this novel is just this.
Ackroyd's knowledge of his terrain (witness the number of hits on this site alone )qualifies his ambition. The result is both a subtle and tenderly crafted novel which immediately cries out for a re-read.
A wonderful insight to the undertones running through the English imagination - and an important document defining English (yep English, not British) sensibility.