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Maigret’s Room

John Lanchester: The Home Life of Inspector Maigret, 4 June 2020

... is a powerful technique in fiction, more so than readers consciously notice. Christopher Sykes once asked his good friend Evelyn Waugh how it was that one of his earlier novels, apparently light and humorous, had an undertow of melancholy. Waugh said he had done it by keeping the weather in the book grey and rainy.) One of my favourites is My Friend ...
... longer than him to learn it.’ Was this what led him to romanticise failure – the failure of Charles Ryder to get religion or to get Julia, the failure of Guy Crouchback to make his fellow officers see what the war was really about? What is it, then, that makes Waugh a deviant in the history of our culture? Not, surely, that he was a man of the Right, an ...

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