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Simon (Savidge Reads)

Hopefully you might get one or two more comments on your In profile post as I have sent people in that direction today, so hope you don't mind?

Patricia Duncker's The Strange Case of the Composer and his Judge is one that I have my eyes on, going to wait and see how a few other people, like your good self, get on with it!

Dark Puss

I don't find "voice" to be as important in reading as you do and thus the music analogy is not one I would subscribe to so strongly. I have, you will not be surprised, a question. Are you only really attracted to books in which the "voice" is in some sense comfortable (you describe a particular type of voice very eloquently)? There are many fine/interesting/worthwhile books in which the voice is, deliberately, grating, antagonistic, certainly one that might weary the reader were you to be stuck on a long train journey with a real speaker. Are these, then, books you would rarely choose to read?

Apologies if I have completely missed your point. My greater tolerance (if that is what it is)for a dissonant "voice" probably makes me less able to appreciate your point than most of your readers.


I've been trying to read more essays lately and had completely overlooked Alberto Manguel--I think I will have to search him out now--a Reader on Readings sounds something I might like very much.

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