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Vague, poorly argued, miserably defined, the book seemed a total waste of time. As a lover of poetry, something I studied, I find the book gibberish. Don’t waste your time, let alone your money. Tony W.
One star not for the content but because the text was impossible to read on my Kindle or on my Kindle app on my iphone as it was formatted into one thin vertical column in the centre of the page with just one or two words on each line. I have applied for a refund and will order a hard copy. I notice another review mentioning the same problem so, buyer beware.
I have downloaded this on two devices (a Paperwhite and an iPad) and both times there is a huge chunk of text missing (the essay leaps from Caedmon in Bede's Historia to Packer and Derek Walcott). What's more, the text is effectively impossible to read on a Kindle, as it's formatted into one thin vertical column in the centre of the page with just one or two words on each line.
I'm glad I didn't pay more than a few dollars for this one -- not really sure what the point of Lerner's essay is. Not specific enough to be considered true literary criticism, more of a rambling diatribe. The blurbs in the margins are irritating and distracting -- was that intentional?