[ilds] Eagleton on Durrell & Corfu

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Wed May 30 14:52:06 PDT 2007

I agree with Bruce on that.  And I am shocked at how easily 'the 
academy' makes excuses for that sort of dishonest behaviour.  I'm all 
right, Jack, and to hell with integrity.


On Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at 09:32  pm, Bruce Redwine wrote:

> 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.
> Bruce
> -----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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