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The Wall St. Journal has published a review of The Castrato and His Wife, by Helen Barry, the latest book to be swallowed up by the gaping maw of A Superfluous Man‘s Kindle.

The Journal being indispensable Monday-through-Friday reading for hommes sérieux, it is easy to overlook the paper’s excellent weekend edition, and particularly its “Books & Ideas” section, which strikes a A Superfluous Man as being somewhat less pompous than the rival New York Times‘ equivalent. (A Superfluous Man describing other book reviews as “pompous” is admittedly a bit like the Pot’s throwing a stone in its Glass House whilst calling the Speck in the Kettle’s eye black, to mix three metaphors at once.)

From the looks of the review, Barry’s book promises to be a brisk read: “The tale of Giusto Ferdinando Tenducci, the 18th-century opera star, castrato and celebrity who eloped with his teenage pupil, causing a huge scandal.”