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On A.S. Byatt.
October 10, 2009, 16:20
Filed under: Thoughts

As if my previous review of her book ‘Possession’ wasn’t enough to make me hate her, A.S. Byatt has to go and desecrate a tradition of children’s literature by writing a fiction about it. I’m sorry, but I cannot stand her didactic and moralizing approach to all literature.

Didn’t think she could could go any lower? Harry Potter and the Childish Adult reads:

Ms. Rowling’s magic world has no place for the numinous. It is written for people whose imaginative lives are confined to TV cartoons, and the exaggerated (more exciting, not threatening) mirror-worlds of soaps, reality TV and celebrity gossip. Its values, and everything in it, are, as Gatsby said of his own world when the light had gone out of his dream, “only personal.” Nobody is trying to save or destroy anything beyond Harry Potter and his friends and family.

I burn, I burn! Before I completely condemn her to my personal literary hell, I should go read ‘The Children’s Book.’ Or I should go read some Narnia to soothe my angry soul.

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