reviews

The Friends of Meager Fortune

Prophetic and Retrospective
by T.F. Rigelhof

“One cannot, somehow, think of him as a revolutionary, in the sense that James Joyce and D.H. Lawrence are revolutionaries, yet his contribution to literature is as original as theirs. He has given us a new formula. He is of the generation and yet not of it. His novels are only possible because he has cut himself off from twentieth-century civilization, and yet could not have been written in no other century than this. He owes little or nothing to contemporary literature; all his debts are to the past. He derives from no ‘school’ and he will found none. But it is probable that future generations will regard him as standing in the same relation to this generation as Blake did to his.”
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Mercy among the Children is a great book, a grand achievement a masterpiece! (Quill and Quire)

The Friends of Meager Fortune might be Richards’ greatest accomplishment. It has the power immensity and melancholy of what Nobel prize winners are sometimes made (books in Canada).

One cannot think of him as a revolutionary the way Lawrence and Joyce are revolutionaries, but his contribution to literature is as great.( globe and mail quote citing a review of T.F. Powys work and comparing David Adams Richards’ Cannon to those writers)