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Clive James, Unsigned Review, 'times Literary Supplement', January 1973

So he respresents himself: out of period sometimes lonely, often glum; supported by friendship and by an unexcitable Christian faith. But what is perfectly clear is that knowing things, handling words, exercising unimpaired intelligence in those long elaborately prosodic, conceited sentences are also reasons for survival. This book has not quite the strength and wit of the last two, but there is no hint that the decline is more than a temporary dip.