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Beautifully written, but unmoving
on April 9, 2013
I read only the title story, about a scheme between the amanuenses of Joseph Conrad and Henry James, and was not motivated to continue. The secretaries were superficial and unlikely, the authors themselves blustering caricatures. In her novel Cannibal Galaxy (Library of Modern Jewish Literature) and the story "The Pagan Rabbi" (her previous works with which I was familiar), Ozick portrayed deep feeling and a sense of consequence and doom, but this story seemed like language poetry, more concerned with brilliant turns of phrase than with the hearts of the characters.