Acclaimed novelist A. L. Kennedy unpeels the layers and explains the mechanics before dissecting them with surgical precision. Beyond the theatre, the costume and the well-worn plot she focuses on the fact that a man faces his death while a crowd looks on. The result is a startling confrontation with her own, and mankind's, mortality.
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At times she is so self-deprecating that it is difficult to continue reading, as when she writes: ""Too many hotel rooms can cause depression if you count a room as empty with me inside it, which of course, I do."" Still, although the reader never experiences the rush of invigoration inherent in ...| Read Full Review of On Bullfighting
By exploring a rite that exists beyond sport, below art, and past paganism, Scottish novelist Kennedy means to get in the ring with mortality and not merely by admiring, Hemingway-style, the poetry of blades, horns, and blood.Apr 06 2001 | Read Full Review of On Bullfighting
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