Learning to make an Oud in Nazareth by Ruth Padel, book review: Like the ending of Little Gidding without the monoculturalism
26 June 2014 03:55 PM
Ruth Padel's new book follows her verse biography of Darwin, and The Mara Crossing, an astonishing synthesis of science and art, prose and poetry on the theme of migration. Among the sometimes costive products of contemporary British poetry, these sustained feats of imagination have seemed at times almost perverse, at times like tours de force. Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth displays a similar energy and ambition.