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'Dostoevsky is a better novelist than John Grisham in the sense that Tiger Woods is a better golfer than Lady Gaga'. The work is about how one arrives at the value judgements behind that rather nice donnish joke that is one of the delights in this volume. By discussing the use of language, plot and characterisation and finishing with some examples from his extremely wide reading, Eagleton approaches the answer to the title of this book. If the condensed version of the answer is 'carefully and closely', it is because the subject itself is as varied as its constituents, but along the way there is plenty to enlighten and to entertain. The style is easy, the asides are plentiful and amusing, the selections are wide-ranging. It's a treat.