V. S. Pritchett Essay - V. S. Pritchett World Literature Analysis

V. S. Pritchett World Literature Analysis

Pritchett’s novels never received much praise. One of the earliest is Clare Drummer, much influenced by Joseph Conrad, the famous Polish-born writer of consummate prose and psychological depth. The story line is unfocused and the characters are not fully realized. Shirley Sanz bears the imprint of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (1857; English translation, 1886), wherein Shirley is a fellow romantic who marries, goes to Spain, has a child, becomes bored with country living, has an affair, and then renounces her lover. Although at times exciting, the novel lacks a sharply focused theme and suffers from too much coincidence of episodes. Nothing Like Leather (1935), based on Pritchett’s years...

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