The Crookes of Epping
Pascoe Publishing, $5.95 pb, 156 pp
I must declare an interest. Dickins was once a student of mine and is still a friend. Readers of this review are invited to exercise their reservations.
I believe The Crookes of Epping is in the tragi-comic tradition of Charlie Chaplin which reaches back to one of the world’s greatest books, Don Quixote. In it pathos is as important an element as humour, wit and absurdity. It also has a connection with the earliest Greek Comedy in which the celebration of the God Dionysus was an important element.