Name to a Face

Friends whose reading judgment I respect urged me to read Goddard and one of them lent me this book. I wish I had not wasted my time on it. None of us–I include myself–would like to be judged on the basis of one book, but if this is the best Mr. Goddard can do (and some of the more critical Amazon reviewers say that it isn’t), then he is greatly overrated.
The problem, to put it succintly, is that he is a careless writer who puts howlers on the page and drenches the reader in baffling illogic.
Howlers? One example, of many, will do (page 34), involving the book title itself:
“He . . . could not put a name to a face he felt disablingly certain he knew very well.”

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