Baddiel vs. The Economist
It’s always nice when reviewers stop pretending they haven’t read other reviews before writing their own. David Baddiel took on the Economist in his review of Meg Wolitzer’s THE UNCOUPLING :
Wolitzer is right, however, that both — laughter, that is, and pain — are necessary to tackle this subject. I read one other review of The Uncoupling, in The Economist, which criticised her for “not going fully tragic or fully comic”, for “wavering in between”, but surely there is no more genuinely tragicomic story than the decline of sex in marriage? That is why it is a subject that can form the basis of narratives as diverse as Anna Karenina and George & Mildred. Or, as Fran Heller puts it, talking obviously not only about Lysistrata: “A comedy, yes … But what it’s about is something quite serious.”
Read all the reviews for this modern take on Aristophanes’ Lysistrata.