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Clog dancing with style,
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Eagleton approaches his subject with enthusiasm and gives detailed examples from well-known stories, poems and plays to support his points. Sometimes he is in danger of disappearing up his own argument but, as he suggests when analysing the opening of Orwell's '1984', readers should be encouraged to think for themselves. Usefully organised into 5 sections: Openings, Character, Narrative, Interpretation and Value, I think this book would appeal to both students new to the study of English literature in higher/further education and those who have completed degrees who perhaps need reminding what it was that attracted them to the subject in the first place. Eagleton's preface opens with the line: 'Like clog dancing, the art of analysing works of literature is almost dead on its feet'. This book makes the art of 'slow reading' accessible, enjoyable and thought-provoking.