For how many modern novels, could you answer “yes” to Philip Larkin’s four questions?

February 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

To assess the merit of contenders for the Booker Prize 1977, Philip Larkin* asked himself four questions:

Could I read it?

If I could read it, did I believe in it?

If I believed it, did I care about it?

And if I cared about it, what was the quality of my caring, and would it last?

*Pleased see Required Writing ‘The Booker Prize’

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