Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Alvarez - 'The Writer's Voice'

I have just finished reading 'The Writer's Voice' by Al Alvarez. A fascinating read, Alvarez is so intense and lively, his passionate is clear and right on the surface. The last chapter has a vigorous critique of the beat writers. They lost their touch, their vitality in their rush to find oblivion. I get the feeling he is the sort of person who is quite traditional and the only writer of merit who is relatively modern is Jean Rhys.

Alvarez is as always fascinating and exciting, this is certainly a book to be noted(!)

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