Saturday, March 21, 2009

Attraction and repulsion ...

... Maurice Bowra, the great Oxford gossip.

He developed a carapace of layers of wit, laid down like sheets of armour to protect his inner weaknesses. According to Mitchell, the three principal concerns of his life were Greece, poetry, and sex. A chapter is devoted to each of these themes, and we learn how in each area Bowra met with profound disappointment.

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