Suppose a Sentence by Brian Dillon [7/10]

Not for everyone, Suppose a Sentence sees writer/critic Brian Dillon muse deeply about twenty-eight sentences, long or short, old or recent, that he has “collected” because of a profound effect on him. From Shakespeare to Claire-Louise Bennett, from Virginia Woolf to James Baldwin, from Samuel Beckett to Hilary Mantel … the book is an idiosyncratic but fascinating journey. Some of the sentences hit me hard – cue Annie Dillard, Maeve Brennan, Joan Didion, for example. Others somewhat baffled me but aroused in the author a reflection that I thoroughly enjoyed – cue Gertrude Stein, Elizabeth Hardwick, Susan Sontag. Overall, Suppose a Sentence comes recommended for prose nerds and reflective stylists.

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