Barry Unsworth | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Janet Burroway

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Critical Review by Janet Burroway

SOURCE: "The Great Pretenders," in New York Times Book Review, November 12, 1995, pp. 11+.

In the following review, Burroway cites minor flaws in Morality Play, but otherwise praises the novel's deft universality of theme.

In a bitter winter in 14th-century England, a young scholar-priest comes upon a troupe of traveling players. These are violent times, when victims of the plague are heaped in common pits and "the spirit of murder is never far." Nicholas Barber is in several sorts of flight: from the verbosity of the Latin manuscripts he has been set to copy, from the wrath of the bishop whose kindness he has betrayed and from the husband of the (most recent) woman he has toppled. Characteristically, the engaging hero of Barry Unsworth's new novel, Morality Play, is walking not on the road but in the...

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