The parrot ambled slowly through the air, with, as it were the jog of a fat pony translated into flight.

Elizabeth Bowen

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My review of THE SHADOWY THIRD by Julia Parry:

Paradox as a Belief System

971A958C-0543-470A-8747-0E8568E7313A I am usually a reviewer of fiction. I shall try to read this book — of seeming academic strength as well as, no doubt, authorial sentiment — as fiction, but I already sense it has a preternatural truth about it that often makes fiction, from my empirical work upon it, even truer than truth. A paradox, perhaps. Yet this beautiful first chapter confirms me in such a belief.
I have publicly called ‘A World of Love’ by Elizabeth Bowen, although a novella, the greatest ever ghost story. And now we have this chapter that fulfils my belief on a level yet to be established. A “psychic affinity” between not only sender and recipient of a letter (any letter but I suppose LOVE letters in particular), but also sender and recipient of fiction. A two-way filter, perhaps. A mutual synergy. An “electric connection.”

“I heard the dynamic voice not just of one of my favourite novelists, but one of the great writers of the twentieth century.”


From the start of my review of THE SHADOWY THIRD by Julia Parry:

I thus hope I am

CCA211CF-31DB-4E1C-9858-2FE8FF5BEB5C And just as Homer and Virgil and other poets are the only means for recording places and spirits thereof and hearts and souls and histories and peoples for posterity and memory, otherwise they’d cease to exist, I, too, I hope, am similarly ‘the poet of the book review’ and of the Platonic Form of Book as gestalt, in such a mode of priceless preservation of things that would otherwise vanish into the lost time of ungraspable distances without my real-time reviewing them… Seriously, I thus hope I am.

Above is from my ongoing review of THE SOT-WEED FACTOR by John Barth:

Two notable reviews…


ANGELICA’S ELEGY by Christopher K. Miller:

“Many believe that God impregnated Mary through the ear. This is why the traditional nun’s habit covers the ears.”


“…it was intended from the beginning that we meet only on paper.”