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Quotation of the Week

15th August

The final test of a novel will be our affection for it, as it is the test of our friends, and of anything else which we cannot define.... The intensely, stiflingly human quality of the novel is not to be avoided; the novel is sogged with humanity; there is not escaping the uplift or the downpour, nor can they be kept out of criticism. We may hate humanity, but if it is exorcised or even purified the novel wilts, little is left but a bunch of words

EM Forster, Aspects of the Novel (1927)



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