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The Matter of India

John Bayley, 19 March 1987

... are here being rewritten less for the excitement than for the feeling, as Dr Johnson said of Richardson: both O’Brian and Farrell share the wholly civilised, entirely good-humoured champagne Irishness of Laurence Sterne. Celtic fantasy maybe, but there was never anything less like a leprechaun.Both writers are immensely well-informed and take infinite ...

Roaming the Greenwood

Colm Tóibín: A History of Gay Literature: The Male Tradition by Gregory Woods, 21 January 1999

A History of Gay Literature: The Male Tradition 
by Gregory Woods.
Yale, 448 pp., £24.95, February 1998, 0 300 07201 5
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... critics go further, however. ‘It is only when one reads the totality of Kafka’s writings,’ Ruth Tiefenbrun has written, that it becomes apparent that the predicament of all his heroes is based on the fact that they are all homosexuals … Since Kafka spent his entire lifetime deliberately concealing his homosexuality, it is not at all surprising that ...

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