The Chain of Cruelty – Paul Binding reviews The White King for The Times Literary Supplement
In the current issue (January 17, 2008) of The Times Literary Supplement, Paul Binding reviews The White King.
“Between these first and last chapters come sixteen vignettes, seemingly free-standing, and mostly abstracted from the linear narrative. The structure suggests the way we tend to pluck an episode, a cluster of related encounters, from our past and endow it with organic unity. Dragomán’s method of presentation here greatly reinforces his novel’s authenticity, for it emphasizes the essentially subjective nature of what he is telling us. The “I” who is recreating the story is himself the product of his culture. Paradoxically, detaching his excursions into the past from any rationally imposed external ordering helps readers to understand the psychological inflicted on him by the world into which he was born.”
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