He even rises to express the Zeitgeist of his era, which he garrulously
dissects as a cranky old codger.
In the preface to Praeterita, Ruskin says that he wrote "frankly, garrulously
, and at ease"--with heart's ease, in fact--what gave him "joy to remember" (Works 35: 11).
Those that didn't appear, like John Irving and John Fowles, garrulously
, Dickensianly reactionary in method seemed, like John Hawkes and John Barth, smugly, hermetically experimental.
, and at ease; speaking, of what it gives me joy to remember, at any length I like--sometimes very carefully of what I think it may be useful for others to know; and passing in total silence things which I have no pleasure in reviewing, and which the reader would find no help in the account of.