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.
, drunkenly and discontinuously to her deaf sister Gerda (there are many references to deafness, blindness, heedlessness), Connie relates two parallel narratives: the personal tragedy of the stillborn baby she gave birth to in the 1950s, and the turn-of-the-century story of Mr.
, without affect, he dictated journals, and called his tape-recorder his wife.
It is as if, on deciding (as he has) that he would retire from Parliament at the next election, he set himself garrulously
to retell all the anecdotes of which his life's notebooks reminded him.