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A little too sympathetic,
By A Customer
This review is from: Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living 1900-1939 (Paperback)
This is an interesting book about a group of people who have more fame that is really justified. Ms Nicholson does a good job of explaining why we're still interested in the Bloomsbury crowd: their way of life remains influential even though their art wasn't so hot.
Being a relative helps. One gets a level of insight that is often facinating. But - and it's a bit of a big but - she can be too sympathetic. Too much is forgiven or brushed aside.
Her comments about Eric Gill is a case in point. Eric Gill, though a talented artist, had sex with children, including his own. If the book was judging artists for the quality of their art, there would be no problem. But Ms Nicholson investigates their lifestyles and such actions cannot be glossed over. A more critical approach would have made this a better book.