Confessions of An English Opium-eater and Other Writings

Confessions of An English Opium-eater and Other Writings

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Oxford University Press
This selection of De Quincey's writings includes the title piece--his most famous work--as well as "On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth," "The English Mail-Coach," and the Suspiria de Profundis.

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Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2008]
ISBN: 9780199537938
Characteristics: xxxiv, 257 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Lindop, Grevel 1948-

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Jun 15, 2015

If you are an opium-eater, then, yes, perhaps Thomas De Quincey's writings may strike a familiar chord with you - But, for me, I really couldn't appreciate his stories for what they were apparently worth. And, with that said, here are my biggest beefs which prevented me from achieving full appreciation for these rather absurd writings from the mid-1800s.

I found that De Quincey almost constantly wrote in a very flat and meandering style of prose. With his sentences frequently reaching 70 words, or more, he often seemed to lose track of what he had originally stated and he would then end his statement on a completely unrelated thought.

And if that wasn't frustrating enough for this exasperated reader, De Quincey also had an annoying habit of writing long-winded paragraphs that continued for 3 pages, or more, without a break.

Anyway - I don't know about you, but I, for one, just couldn't get into De Quincey's tales of opium-eating since a majority of his prose clearly came across to me like the senseless and unfocused ramblings of a certified dope-head. And so, in the long run, I simply found them to be just a waste of my time.


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