By Rebecca West
Like so much all of Rebecca West's reportage, A educate of Powder methods nice literature. Written among 1946 and 1954, those debts of 4 debatable trials discover the character of crime and punishment, innocence and guilt, retribution and forgiveness. the center piece of the booklet is "Greenhouse with Cyclamens," a three-part essay at the Nuremberg trials written with precision, readability, and bold perception. She additionally stories on relatively brutal homicide trials — one for a lynching in North Carolina, the opposite for a "torso murder" in England — and the espionage trial of a British telegrapher. all through, the query of guilt conjures up Ms. West to feats of mental detection in which unerring craftsmanship and a strong narrative feel mix to a excessive objective — the pursuit of fact. "An fantastic book.... As compelling as courtroom television yet with no the frisson of voyeurism (and with the compensatory satisfactions of West's breathtakingly lucid prose style), those based narratives remind us of the preciousness and fragility of our correct to trial through jury."—Francine Prose. "It is her certain magic to mix impressionism and precision, as though Monet and Ingres may well in some way be fused. repeatedly a passage starts as a kind of iridescent cloud, and culminates in a diamond point."—Telford Taylor, Saturday Review. "Rebecca West...has raised journalism to a excessive paintings, respiring into it a intensity, a poetry, a subtlety, and an knowing and compassion for people and their never-ending follies and tragedies that supply it a valid position in modern literature."—William L. Shirer.
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