"Fairness rambles, but hits most of its targets dead-on. One wishes the entire Chronicle were available here, and suspects this appealingly shaggy tale may look even better when read in its rightful context."
An eloquent comic picture of Stately Old England in precipitous economic and moral decline—a picture that emerges gradually from the episodic momentum of this ambitious novel by the British author (and former TLS
editor) best known here for his colorful historical pastiche Jem (and Sam)
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