Top critical review
on 3 May 2016
From the description and the other reviews I expected much more of this. It started well but the more I read of it the more I felt the author simply wanted to air his own views, quite possibly well-founded, but somehow he didn't seem to think it necessary to support his opinions with a wealth of examples. Surely any teacher or critic of literature should not only be able to do so but should also understand that opinions without adequate evidence are rarely convincing. It was almost as though he were addressing a common-room of colleagues, so he felt that they should identify all the specific examples for themselves - and if they couldn't, they did not deserve his further consideration. I don't presume to contradict his ideas, but feel that as part of his target audience I was not presented with a clear and well-argued case that I might readily agree with.