May 01, 2009

'a very clever, velvet-gloved provocateur'


Jonathan Meades on Owen in New Statesman:

    This book is the deflected Bildungsroman of a very clever, velvet-gloved provocateur nostalgic for yesterday’s tomorrow, for a world made before he was born, a distant, preposterously optimistic world which, even though it still exists in scattered fragments, has had its meaning erased, its possibilities defiled. And which has posthumously been wilfully misrepresented.

I couldn't have put it better myself...

Posted by mark at May 1, 2009 10:50 PM | TrackBack