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Spoilt by pretentious style,
This review is from: Too Close To The Sun: The Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton (Paperback)
At the beginning of the book the author admits that Finch Hatton left no diary and few letters, so in order to stretch her material to book length she reasonably concentrates as much on his times as on his life. Less forgivably she has decided to pad the book out with pretentious poetic flights of fancy which are presumably included to show off her command of the English language. There is a place for such exercises in creative descriptive writing but this sort of biography is not it and they jar whenever they occur. Not only are they inappropriate here, they frequently don't even make sense.
This could have been an enjoyable book had the style not been so irritating.