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This review is from: The Sense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction with a New Epilogue (Bryn Mawr) (Paperback)
I discovered Kermode thanks to this book more than 10 years ago, and after reading this essay I bought almost everything he wrote, and I can tell you I was never disappointed. Kermode is both deep and simple, sensible and surprising. He is one of those supremely gifted literary critics who teach you to read, at any age. He can show you both the simplicity of complexity and the complexity of simplicity. Everybody knows that stories have a beginning, and end, and something in between: Kermode makes you understand what it really means, and what are the consequences of this only apparently trivial fact. I do recommend this book especially to young students of literature, to those who wish to become critics: this is one of the models that one should imitate, a critic that teaches you criticism simply taking you with him in his interpretive journeys. With such a Vergil, you may feel you're Dante.
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