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Golden boy put out to grass
on 20 July 2013
Eagleton is logorrheic. Here he says things like 'It is important.. not to confuse fiction with reality' (hah! would Eagleton know reality if he fell over it?) and 'We should not be afraid to impute failings to the Bard'. The *Bard*?! In his shift-shaping oeuvre Terry's logorrheia is positively Whitmanesque. 'Do I contradict myself?/Very well then I contradict myself,/(I am large, I contain multitudes.)' Will o' the wisp, or mosquito? Who is this for? And are we witnessing the decline of the west, as I suspect, or merely that of one who peaked too early? (I see we're of an age, Terry and me..)
Googling Eagleton after penning this review, I see I'm late on the case; William Deresiewicz accused the man of prolixity ten years ago, besides calling him 'a Marxist with three houses'. Martin Amis (whom I have very little time for, but who is one of few able to match scorn with scorn) has aptly said of Terry that he is 'unable to get out of bed in the morning without the dual guidance of God and Karl Marx'. Would you buy a used theory from this man?
Edit 3/17: I now regret this intemperate and ad hominem review. The man writes with lip-smacking relish and should be read in the same spirit. I'm upping my spiteful one-star grading to 3.5