Peter Ackroyd | Critical Review by Verlyn Klinkenborg

This literature criticism consists of approximately 6 pages of analysis & critique of Peter Ackroyd.
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Critical Review by Verlyn Klinkenborg

SOURCE: “Peter Ackroyd's Music,” in The New Yorker, November 23, 1992, pp. 142-44.

In the following review, Klinkenborg offers an unfavorable evaluation of English Music.

In Peter Ackroyd’s sixth novel, English Music, a great thickness of remembered time lies over the English landscape like a new fall of snow. “Yes,” the book begins, “I have returned to the past.” This voice belongs to Timothy Harcombe, narrating the events of his youth from a cavern deep in old age in 1992. Timothy is the son of Clement Harcombe, a fake medium who has prospered in London during the nineteen-twenties by using Timothy’s (very real) psychic gifts, which the boy himself is slow to discern. Onstage at the Chemical Theatre, with his father as mouthpiece, Timothy deciphers the worries...

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