Did I misread, or does he say that Cather eschewed irony? Well, surface irony, conspicuous irony, yeah, but irony such as immersing us in Professor St. Peter's pov, as Sherrill points out, is a different matter. I, too, find much to disagree with in this grouchy piece. With Guy, about 90 per cent. And btw, I can get pretty excited about a new McEwan novel.
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In the character of St. Peter, Cather would agree with this writer's lament. Like Guy, though, I find it disagreeable.
Interesting to look through Commentary, though, which is not my usual reading matter--. Thanks, John.