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Val Wake takes issue with reviews by Nicola Walker and Gillian Dooley whom he accuses of 'intellectual snobbery'. Wake argues that 'Dooley and Walker seem to subscribe to the belief that popular tastes have little to contribute to national character and values.'
James Ley examines the act of reading literary novels and the interpretation that must occur within each reader, including understanding the author's use of irony. Although the task may sometimes be challenging, Ley concludes that reading is 'a creative act. Unlike almost everything we are encouraged to consider entertainment, it is an active pursuit. Without this process of interpretation we cannot know ourselves.'