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  • By Philip Tennant
    Apr 4, 2010
    A fine 'product', attractively designed and produced, and a marvellous read throughout. The mastery of subject speaks for itself, and the mix of fact and fiction is cleverly handled – in which respect the foreword and End Note are helpful; as is the highly successful invention of the arty ladies, Mrs Lavenham and Claire Stott. The narrative is clear, though I might have preferred conventional chapter-headings. I enjoyed, for example, the evocation of the Birmingham which Ruskin visited — its Market Hall, its GWR Station and its (authentically depicted) dreadful pre-Pre-Raphaelite RBSA Gallery. The related evocation of the Black Country of this period, and its contrast with Ruskin's world of art is memorable. Realism aside, I also liked the intermittent one-way dialogue with dead Rose La Touche. The book, is anchored in reality, though; by such authentic details as the box beds at Glenfinlas; Ruskin's manic lecturing, with characteristic flapping gown; and the little character traits... More > with which the fictitious, or fictionalised, characters such as George Baker are brought to life. The author is not just an recorder. He is also capable of eloquence. He can stand back from the world he is depicting and show it in all its implied contrast with life today. He chooses to do so only occasionally, though. So, yes, we are left asking for more.< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
January 13, 2010
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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