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Eden Renewed: The Public and Private Life of…

Eden Renewed: The Public and Private Life of John Milton

by Peter Levi

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I am sorry to say that, for me, this is too literary; it seems too concerned with proving its own cleverness and to view the possibility that the reader will exit these pages none the wise, with an arrogant nod towards the ignorance of the plebiscite. This book is rather like wading in treacle. Every time that one starts to progress into the life of Milton, the learned Mr Levi curtails the advance with words of his own fine wisdom.

I find that most outstanding authors, like Milton himself, write in a manner that leaves the reader feeling that he already knew the truths being aired and that the scrivener's skill is in the clear laying out thereof. Mr Levi, perhaps justifiably, leaves me feeling ignorant and that his great understanding is beyond me. I must, therefore, either crawl away and admit my lowly status, or attack in turn and, I am far too self assured to bend the knee to such a monologue. I shall simply find myself another author who makes Milton the central character and brings the poet to life for me. ( )
  the.ken.petersen | Nov 16, 2013 |
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