Barry Unsworth | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Michael Malone

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of Barry Unsworth.
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Critical Review by Michael Malone

SOURCE: "Other Times and Places," in New York Times Book Review, January 1, 1981, p. 10.

In the following review, Malone provides an appreciative assessment of Unsworth's main character in The Idol Hunter.

In 1908 on an irrelevant Greek island of the crumbling Ottoman Empire, the Levantine spy Basil Pascali writes his 216th irrelevant report to Constantinople, this time to the Sultan himself. Monthly, for 20 changeless years, the fat shabby informer has received for his services the same sum but never the slightest response to these millions of words poured into an Imperial void. In the silence he has written his life away and in so doing has fashioned it into the marvelous lapidary creation that constitutes British novelist Barry Unsworth's The Idol Hunter. Esthetic, solipsistic, constrained to see himself from the viewpoint of others as an obsequious, cowardly buffoon wretchedly...

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