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The Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief by [Wood, James]
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"Wood is among the few contemporary writers of great consequence. . . . Reading Wood, no matter the book under review, provides enormous pleasure."--"Los Angeles Times""" "Wood is a close reader of genius. . . . There is a wonderful writing throughout this collection, by turns luscious and muscular, committed and disdaining, passionate and minutely considered."--John Banville, "The Irish Times""" "Explores the special realm of fiction with extraordinary sensitivity and incisiveness. In example after example, he makes you understand its geography as you have rarely done before."--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, "The New York Times""" "In a distinctively impassioned voice, James Wood advances some formidable arguments for what fiction and the truthful deployment of the imagination can be. He is one of literature's true lovers, and his deeply felt, contentious essays are thrilling in their reach and moral seriousness."--Susan Sontag
"We have very few critics . . . who can remind us that talking about literature is part of what literature is about, and talking about it with passion, precision, and out of a rich store of reading is a rare and precious gift: it is good for all of us that James Wood has it and we have James Wood."--Gabriel Josipovici, "The Times Literary Supplement"

"Wood is among the few contemporary writers of great consequence. . . . Reading Wood, no matter the book under review, provides enormous pleasure." --"Los Angeles Times"

"Wood is a close reader of genius. . . . There is a wonderful writing throughout this collection, by turns luscious and muscular, committed and disdaining, passionate and minutely considered." --"John Banville, The Irish Times"

"Explores the special realm of fiction with extraordinary sensitivity and incisiveness. In example after example, he makes you understand its geography as you have rarely done before." --"Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times"

"In a distinctively impassioned voice, James Wood advances some formidable arguments for what fiction and the truthful deployment of the imagination can be. He is one of literature's true lovers, and his deeply felt, contentious essays are thrilling in their reach and moral seriousness." --"Susan Sontag"

"We have very few critics . . . who can remind us that talking about literature is part of what literature is about, and talking about it with passion, precision, and out of a rich store of reading is a rare and precious gift: it is good for all of us that James Wood has it and we have James Wood." --"Gabriel Josipovici, The Times Literary Supplement"

Wood is among the few contemporary writers of great consequence. . . . Reading Wood, no matter the book under review, provides enormous pleasure. "Los Angeles Times"

Wood is a close reader of genius. . . . There is a wonderful writing throughout this collection, by turns luscious and muscular, committed and disdaining, passionate and minutely considered. "John Banville, The Irish Times"

Explores the special realm of fiction with extraordinary sensitivity and incisiveness. In example after example, he makes you understand its geography as you have rarely done before. "Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times"

In a distinctively impassioned voice, James Wood advances some formidable arguments for what fiction and the truthful deployment of the imagination can be. He is one of literature's true lovers, and his deeply felt, contentious essays are thrilling in their reach and moral seriousness. "Susan Sontag"

We have very few critics . . . who can remind us that talking about literature is part of what literature is about, and talking about it with passion, precision, and out of a rich store of reading is a rare and precious gift: it is good for all of us that James Wood has it and we have James Wood. "Gabriel Josipovici, The Times Literary Supplement""

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'James Wood has been called our best young critic. This is not true, he is our best critic, he thinks with a sublime ferocity' - Cynthia Ozick.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (15 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004D4Y1VI
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By Mr. G. Morgan TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Aug. 2014
Format: Paperback
Of his three literary critical books so far, this is my favourite of a lucid, striking critic, one brave enough to work, Bob Hughes like, outside the academy (if in practice part-time in it, he is certainly not OF it any more than Christopher Hitchens when Associate Prof. at the New School), which is important. It seems he has made a name for being sharp; well he is exacting but also an exciting and interesting writer, like Frank Kermode in making you feel like reading what he writes about and better informed generally. This is a talent that is hard to overestimate (or as too many say and write, "underestimate"). His appraisal of Virginia Woolf is generous to an oft patronised novelist and his insights are surprising and made in an imagistic, writerly style reminiscent of an understated Tynan (if such is imaginable); it is a relief to read a critic who writes as well as a novelist. His ambition is epitomised in the title essay, a bold assessment of the break opening between Art and Belief as the emblematic figures of Renan and Matthew Arnold strained to withstand the shattering consequences of David Strauss and others who made Christianity in its traditional form untenable. This is a fascinating book; was it an accident that the LRB had Wood and Frank Kermode writing for them at the same time? (Doubt it). It is a compliment to the former to say that they belonged together. This is jargon-free, bold, clever; in fact I'd say every literate person should read it.
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This really is an astonishing book. Wood is not popular with the Eng. lit. establishment, but that's because he is's not chicken when it comes to telling the truth. He exposes bad work and beautifully lights up great work -- like Chekhov and Woolf. I've enjoyed his essays and reviews in the Guardian and the London Review of Books for several years, and I'm not at all disappointed by the talent on display in this book. This guy really can write!
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i have read other books by this author and found him to have great insight which is thought provoking and inspirational. he is honest in his criticism and comprehensively explains his objections and justifications for fictional forms of philosophical sophistry and illusion. lol
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Excellent,stimulating and learned. I don't always agree with Wood , but her writes very well indeed, and always throws light in dark corners.
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