Magazine article The Spectator

Books of the Year - Marcus Berkmann

Magazine article The Spectator

Books of the Year - Marcus Berkmann

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This seems as good a place as any to admit to one of my guiltiest pleasures. As a child I was an avid fan of the comic strip, 'Peanuts', and bought every single paperback selection published in this country by Coronet. Even during grumpy adolescence I maintained the collection, which now sits in a box in a loft somewhere. You grow up, you carry Garcia Marquez novels on public transport, you try and airbrush these childish enthusiasms out of your life.

Fashions change in the most unexpected ways, though, and since his death in 2000, Charles M. Schulz has acquired a critical approval he never really enjoyed during his lifetime. All sorts of important writers have marvelled at the glorious simplicity of his draftsmanship and his unerring jokecraft, all underpinned by a quiet melancholy and stoicism you don't tend to find in four-frame daily comic strips. …

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