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Critical Essay | Critical Review by Stephen Dobyns

Caleb Carr
This literature criticism consists of approximately 5 pages of analysis & critique of The Alienist.
This section contains 1,367 words
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Critical Review by Stephen Dobyns

SOURCE: "New York Was a Heck of a Town," in The New York Times Book Review, April 3, 1994, p. 19.

[Dobyns is an American poet, novelist, and critic. In the following mixed review, he faults the narrative voice of The Alienist as inappropriate.]

The word "light"—often spelled "lite"—has come to signify a laudable quality in our society: light beer, light cigarettes, light hot dogs. As a qualifier for "reading," however, "light" has been replaced by the word "page-turner." One may read at a breakneck pace in order to discover what happens, or one may be turning the pages faster in a frantic search for substance. The Alienist, by the historian Caleb Carr, fits neatly into both categories.

Told by a turn-of-the-century New York Times reporter, John Schuyler Moore, the...

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