Nevertheless, the novel itself is grand enough in its conception and compelling enough in its initial beguilements
to resist any reading of it as merely a massive footnote to what has happened to its author.
Year poet not to be seduced by the beguilements
of Rome (CLM
The deciphering of what lies behind its words is one of the beguilements
of this extraordinarily artful set of memoirs.
Nor does the siege of commercial culture, which fills every nook and cranny of waking life with beguilements
to hedonistic self-indulgence.