Sunday, 23 January 2011
A hall of mirrors
Have been amused today to discover that my review last week in the Sunday Telegraph of Susan Hill's exquisite new novella, A Kind Man http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/8257832/A-Kind-Man-by-Susan-Hill-review.html has itself been 'reviewed', in a way, in the New Statesman http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/cultural-capital/2011/01/susan-hill-mansel-grant . The NS column is actually a summary of the fiction reviews in any given week, but the end result, especially for those of us mentioned, has a distinctly 'hall of mirrors' feel, fracturing the light, reflecting back a reflection. What if someone were now to critique the NS column, alongside, say, The Guardian and The Week, which run similar 'review of reviews' columns? Where would it all end? Reviews stretching to infinity.