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A Real Novelist

The Seaglass Spiral by Alan Gould Finlay Lloyd, 2012, 299 pages, $28 I have previously read Alan Gould only in his Selected Poems, or in magazines or anthologies where we appeared together. I am a writer of shortish lyric poems, and I can’t imagine writing a novel, but Quadrant asked me to comment on Mr Gould’s new novel, The Seaglass Spiral. One isn’t three pages into this book before one realises what is going on. Yes, Gould is a fine novelist, capable of wrestling with an immense form, adept at dialogue, telling a long story, creating characters I can’t even…

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