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To the New Zealand-born Rhodes Scholar, military historian, and novelist Dan Davin, a drinking crony, Maclaren-Ross finally abandons caution and adopts a telegrammatic note of despair:
Lucas' autobiographical writings are, as mentioned, highly eccentric; though his economic texts often appear to take the form of religious tracts, with margin summaries and key concepts in bolder type, his memoirs are disjointed, telegrammatic in a manner evoking a stream of consciousness.
Such telegrammatic surges occur less often in The Day Daddy Died than in some of Alan's other books, but they are still very much a presence linguistically.