Finis: The Wanderer: Volume V
Burney's behemoth has been, finally, perhaps even belatedly, put to rest on the bookshelves of your humble servant. Although filled with some regret when looking back at the bleak reading landscape of the past three weeks, I will acknowledge that there are some lessons that one can take away from Francis Burney's The Wanderer.
What I have learned from The Wanderer:
1. Dilettantes and aesthetic theories are like martinis and road trips: they don't mix.
2. Never overvalue a secret.
3. If you must make your fiction a platform, show don't tell. Philosophic debates between two characters worked for Plato, but he wasn't writing a novel.
For those hardy few who are still reading despite the barrage of Burney responses, rest easy: new and better texts are on the horizon.
Posted by Mille Feuille