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Delightful and informative biography,
This review is from: The Last Englishman: The Life of J.L. Carr (Paperback)
Byron Rogers has written a delightfully discursive biography of a complex, fascinating and highly gifted man who wrote one undoubted masterpiece, "A Month in the Country", and a number of other novels which are equally interesting if not in the same class as that book, and who also, as an independent publisher, following his retirement as a primary school headmaster, wrote a large series of tiny books on cricket, history and genealogy.
This biography is in many ways an ideal tribute to a remarkable man and joins that small list of biographies which demonstrate that to write a person's life, an author must accept that his or her subject is likely to be contradictory, fallible, highly idiosyncratic, difficult and frequently elusive. It is clear from Byron Rogers' great book that J L Carr was all of these things and more.
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Initial post: 19 Sep 2014 09:14:26 BDT
Fascinating? Fallible? Remarkable? Idiosyncratic? Elusive? No real reasons as to WHY I should be interested in the lineaments of THIS man's life (what bio isn't 'fascinating' to those disposed to be fascinated?) as recounted by another - whose writing, by the way, I greatly admire. (I therefore ordered Me, his own autobiography, instead!)
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