[ilds] Eagleton on Durrell & Corfu

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Wed May 30 13:32:46 PDT 2007

I guess enough has been said about Eagleton's review of NacNiven's biography of Durrell, but for Eagleton to say "he couldn't possibly read everything he was asked to review" -- I find that statement utterly despicable.  The man has little integrity about book reviewing.


-----Original Message-----
>From: James Gifford <odos.fanourios at gmail.com>
>Sent: May 30, 2007 12:33 PM
>To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: [ilds] Eagleton on Durrell & Corfu
>The review's note on the unread copy of _Justine_ is very likely a copy of
>one of Said's comments on Durrell, and it recurs for Eagleton, as I've noted
>in a previous email.  Suffice to say, when I asked him about the review, he
>said he couldn't possibly read everything he was asked to review, but
>they're eager to have his name attached to a review, whether positive or
>negative.  Fair enough...  I know this is sadly the case with far too many
>book reviews, and even recently I've begun to suspect it's the case with far
>too many books as well.  The review is rich in factual errors, even
>including the number of pages in the book, so there's very little I can say
>about how much he may have actually read.

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