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The Gatekeeper

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The Gatekeeper

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Terry Eagleton
St. Martin's Press

We gave it a B+

THE GATEKEEPER Terry Eagleton (St. Martin’s, $19.95) Heady, dense, brimming with blistering screeds against the sacred and the profane, Eagleton’s coming-of-age memoir does not make for light reading. But it is witty and entertaining throughout, as the Marxist literary theorist expounds on everything from his Irish Catholic upbringing to his disease-infested primary school class (”We were a spindly, stunted, hollow-chested crew, like a chorus line from Les Miserables”) to Mormons (”Their religion is for the most part a scandalized reaction to the fact that Jesus had the poor taste not to get himself born into white middle-class America, but…chose instead to pitch in with a lot of scruffy, unhygienic Jews…”). Eagleton delivers his diatribe cavalierly, and while you may not agree with his views, this book helps you appreciate the man.