Far far far too short. What Zeldin accomplishes in a scant 500 pages should, in reality, be a twenty volume thesis. The topic is so vast, and the only real criticism one could possibly level at the author is that at times chapters should be book-length, rather than ten or twenty pages.
It is a colossal achievement, and surely a good which should grace the shelves of every serious literary reader. Everything that your favourite novelist tries to do - every emotion, nuance and ambition - is caught, examined and predicted by Zeldin. It will not change your life, but it will make you examine your society and reactions just that little bit closer.
Read it. Be brave. Don't look back....Continua