The Gale of the World - Critical reception

 

 

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Critical reception:

 

As might be expected with such a complex book, the reviews tended to be mixed. While most reviewers appreciated the achievement of the series as a whole, some could not see the wood for the trees, while others were completely baffled. Only a small number really understood HW's overall purpose. 

 

Smith's Trade News, 10 May 1969 (A not quite accurate synopsis of the plot!):

 

gale 62 Smiths Trade News

 

Evening News (Bristol) (Jeremy Brien), 29 May 1969:

 

gale 63 Evening Post

 

Oxford Mail, 29 May 1969:

 

gale 64 Oxford Mail

 

Daily Express, 29 May 1969:

 

gale 65 Daily Express

 

Daily Mail, 30 May 1969 (short and sweet!):

 

gale 66 Daily Mail

 

Guardian (Christopher Wordsworth), 5 June 1969: 

 

gale 67 Guardian

 

Glasgow Herald (Donald MacCormick), 5 June 1969:    

 

gale 68 Glasgow Herald

 

New Statesman (Clive Jordan), 6 June 1969:    

 

gale 69 New Statesman

 

Birmingham Post (R. C. Churchill), 7 June 1969:    

 

gale 70 Birmingham Post

 

The Times Saturday Review (Michael Ratcliffe), 7 June 1969:   

 

gale 71 Times

 

The Sunday Times (Julian Symons), 8 June 1969:

 

gale 72 Sunday Times

 

Sunday Telegraph (Francis King), 8 June 1969:  

 

gale 73a Sunday Telegraph

gale 73b Sunday Telegraph

 

The Sunday Telegraph review was accompanied by this caricature by the noted cartoonist Nicolas Bentley:  

 

gale 73c Sunday Teleegraph

 

Northern Echo (W. J. Nesbitt), 13 June 1969:    

 

gale 74 Northern Echo

 

Western Times (Exeter), 13 June 1969:

 

gale 75 Western Times

 

The Bookseller, 14 June 1969 (from a photocopy; a survey of some of the reviews in the nationals):

 

gale 76 Bookseller

 

The Spectator (M. Capitanchik), 14 June 1969:

 

gale 77a Spectator i

gale 77b Spectator

 

Independent (Plymouth) (Michael Miller), 15 June 1969; the review is headed:

 

gale 78a Independent

 

gale 78b Independent

 

gale 78c Independent

 

Times Literary Supplement, 19 June 1969 (anonymous, as were all the reviews in the TLS for many years):

 

gale 79 TLS     

 

HW responded to this review in the issue for 26 June 1969:

 

gale 80 HW letter TLS

 

Times Educational Supplement, 20 June 1969:

 

gale 81 Times Ed supp

 

Southern Evening Echo (W. M. Hill), 20 June 1969 (If only the reviews were all as insightful – this one must have been balm to HW’s soul!):

 

gale 82a Southern Evening Echo

gale 82b Southern Evening Echo

 

Catholic Herald (Fr Brocard Sewell), 20 June 1969 (photocopy only in archive):  

 

gale 83a Catholic Herald

 

The Scotsman (Jeremy Rundall), 21 June 1969:      

 

gale 84 Scotsman

 

Illustrated London News (Dominic Le Foe), 28 June 1969: 

 

gale 85 Ill london News

 

Eastern Daily Press (Doreen Wallace), 3 July 1969:

 

gale 86 EDP

 

Scarborough Evening News, 4 July 1969:

 

gale 87 Scarborough Evening News

 

Liverpool Daily Post (Rosaleen Whateley), 9 July 1969:   

 

gale 88 Liverpool Daily Post

 

Observer, 13 July 1969:

 

gale 89 Observer

 

South Wales Echo, 25 July 1969:

 

gale 90 South Wales Echo

 

Methodist Recorder (Leslie Farmer), 7 August 1969:

 

gale 91a Methodist

 

gale 91b Methodist Recorder 

 

The Listener (Richard Jones), 14 August 1969:    

 

gale 92 Listener

 

Western Morning News, 15 August 1969:

 

gale 93 WMN

 

gale 93b WMN      gale 93c WMN
     
gale 93d WMN   gale 93g WMN

 

Books & Bookmen (Roger Baker), August 1969: 

 

gale 94a Books bookmen

gale 94b Books Bookmen

 

The Countryman (Ronald Blythe), Autumn 1969: 

 

gale 95 Countryman

 

 

 

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