Edward St. Aubyn's 'Lost for Words'

The New Novel from the Creator of Patrick Melrose

Lost for Words
Edward St. Aubyn
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26, 250 pp.

Writing poorly on purpose is best left to those who can write especially well. “Feather-footed through the plashy fen passes the questing vole” penned the accidentally famous William Boot in Scoop, only it was really Evelyn Waugh who strung together that and the other intentionally terrible (and hilarious) passages of prose in that novel.

Edward St. Aubyn writes badly in ...

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