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1,026 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review of The Volcano Lover, Rubin writes that Sontag provides a fresh approach to the story of Admiral Horatio Nelson and his lover Emma Hamilton. A diplomat by vocation, a collector... Read more
853 words, approx. 3 pages
In the review below, Keates finds The Volcano Lover brilliant at its core but lacking in consistency and discipline. The historical events, characters and contexts explored by this remarkable book [Th... Read more
2,516 words, approx. 9 pages
In the following review, Johnson describes Sontag as a skilled storyteller and The Volcano Lover as an insightful novel. "Collecting," muses Susan Sontag in her latest novel, "is ... Read more
1,731 words, approx. 6 pages
In the following review, Toynton argues that The Volcano Lover leaves readers with Sontag's opinions but not with an understanding of the characters. Susan Sontag arrived at her present intelle... Read more
2,488 words, approx. 9 pages
In the following review, Colley ponders Sontag's reasons for writing The Volcano Lover. Why did Susan Sontag write [The Volcano Lover]? Essayist and cultural critic, interpreter of Aids, cancer... Read more
3,498 words, approx. 12 pages
Below, Annan offers a positive review of The Volcano Lover. The Volcano Lover is the story of Nelson and Emma and William Hamilton. Susan Sontag calls it "a romance" and is intrepid enou... Read more
479 words, approx. 2 pages
In the review below, the critic argues that, in The Volcano Lover, Sontag "employs the techniques of an essayist and a social historian better than those of a story-teller in her version of the... Read more
1,087 words, approx. 4 pages
Below, Byatt praises The Volcano Lover as intelligent and provocative. It is difficult to imagine anything more resolutely anti-romantic than Susan Sontag's "Romance," The Volcano... Read more
1,420 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following review of The Volcano Lover, Eder states that although Sontag digresses and provides commentary, she tells her story well. Susan Sontag at play. That is not remarkable in itself. Doub... Read more
458 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review of The Volcano Lover, Sheppard argues that Sontag uses the novel as a vehicle for discussions of feminism and class. Long before the U.S. lost its trade balance, it was lopside... Read more
1,825 words, approx. 7 pages
In the review below, Simon questions whether The Volcano Lover is a romance and argues that Sontag focuses too much on her opinions and not enough on her characters. Two of the most arresting things a... Read more
5,276 words, approx. 18 pages
In the essay below, Bawer discusses cultural elitism in Sontag's works, focusing on her novel The Volcano Lover. In these times when charges of cultural elitism are routinely hurled by East Vil... Read more
2,951 words, approx. 10 pages
Below, Jenkyns offers a negative assessment of The Volcano Lover. Sir William Hamilton, the principal character of Susan Sontag's new novel [The Volcano Lover], was what the eighteenth century ... Read more
8,323 words, approx. 28 pages
In the following essay, Olster analyzes the imagery and the romantic form of The Volcano Lover, examining the novel within the context of postmodern theories and focusing on Sontag's use of lan... Read more
1,544 words, approx. 6 pages
In the following review, Postlewaite maintains that In America is not only a superbly written historical novel, but that Sontag's characterization of protagonist Maryna provides insight into So... Read more
494 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Elgaard finds flaws in the narrative style in The Volcano Lover, yet compliments Sontag's characterizations, and especially the development of the protagonist, Emma. Se... Read more