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18th century prose does not do justice to Smith's
, October 15, 2001
I was very disappointed in this book having read The Professor and the Madman. A good editor is badly needed.
I was interested in knowing more about Smith's seminal contributions to geological theory, so I made my way through the whole book.
However, the convoluted prose made it most unenjoyable and less enlightening than it could be. I found sentence structures reminded me of 18th century novels. This is not my idea of a 21st century biography.
The repetitive obsession with the 'class struggle' could easily be eliminated and cut out at least 1/3 in poorly constructed sentences and padded narrative development.
Sure, Smith lived at a time when 'class' distinctions were a dominant preoccupation in Britain. Yes, Smith managed to accomplish quite a lot in spite of it, but the reader does not need to be bombarded by the same or similar information about this in every chapter.