Tag Archives: Simon Schama

Over-hyped & over here

Every critic in America seems to be raving about Paul Beatty’s novel, “The Sellout”. I wish I knew why. My review in The Times: “Swiftian satire of the highest order,” declared The Wall Street Journal. “Among the most important and difficult … Continue reading

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Bastille Day

The birth of a national legend? Simon Schama describes the myth-making  in “Citizens”: No one wanted to be in the Bastille. But once there, life for the more privileged could be made bearable. Alcohol and tobacco were allowed, and under … Continue reading

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