Friday September 18, 2020

Parks overestimates the success of ‘masterpiece’

Cleaver, by Tim Parks, Harvill Secker, €24.80.

1st April, 2006

Cleaver, by Tim Parks, Harvill Secker, €24.80.

“Tim Parks’ new novel is a masterpiece,’’ declares the dust-jacket of Cleaver, the latest offering from the prolific author, whose Europa was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. It is not a quote from an impressed reviewer, but a declaration from Parks’ publisher and presumably approved by the author himself.

It is a peculiar statement to put on the cover of a new...

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