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on 10 May 2014
Whilst lacking the subtlety and breadth of the wonderful Melrose books, Lost For Words is an entertaining romp with some genuinely funny moments. At its best, when the economical, crafted prose has echoes of early Waugh, it offers promise of real quality. However, for most of the novel he tells his tale effectively, without aiming for any great heights The objects of his satire are obvious and personal, but hardly a revelation to any but the lest astute observer of the literary scene ( even from my distant perspective). Like Waugh, he has little emotional engagement with the characters he satirises and even the main focus of his ire, Penny Feathers ( another Waugh nudge) is not treated with great bitterness..The parodies that punctuate the narrative are a source of amusement and there is an overall sense of fun that makes this a satisfying quick read;it is, however, not the great comic novel, which I think he has in him.
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