MixedThe Los Angeles Review of BooksShone posits that \'Nolan can with some legitimacy lay claim to being the greatest living filmmaker of the Victorian era.\' It’s a fascinating proposition, but one with troubling consequences that The Nolan Variations only ever teases, never braving a thorough analysis. In evading the consequences of the Victorian aspects of Nolan’s films, Shone may simply be following his subject’s lead ... paints an admiring portrait of a life firmly ensconced in the transatlantic establishment.
PositiveBookforum\"Though he laments the loss of philosophy’s \'personal character,\' he remains a modern philosopher. He’s detached and hyper-analytical, lost in the world of the res cogitans, of pure thinking. At times throughout the book, Kaag sounds a little robotic. But love inspired him to try to change, and that’s admirable. He wants to be a part of the world, and the ideas that emerge from it begin to mean more to him and, as his readers, to us.\