Barry Unsworth | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Katha Pollitt

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of Barry Unsworth.
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Critical Review by Katha Pollitt

SOURCE: "A Sexual Rectangle," in New York Times Book Review, April 6, 1986, p. 27.

In the following review, Pollitt considers Unsworth's figure of the Madonna in Stone Virgin more interesting than his depiction of his human characters.

Just when I thought I couldn't stand to read another semiautobiographical novel about a failing marriage, a blocked writer or a young man on drugs and the make, along comes the British novelist Barry Unsworth (Mooncranker's Gift) with a book that makes me think of that old Monty Python line "And now for something completely different." Stone Virgin is certainly that. Set in Venice in three different centuries, it's the only novel I can think of besides The Picture of Dorian Gray whose central figure and most interesting character is a work of art—a...

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