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Grace Andreacchi of Her Circle is disillusioned with The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee. "There is probably a good book to be written about the vivid princesses of the Mahabharata. Sadly, this is not it."
"There is a good book to be written on the philosophy of wine - its social effects, its history, its cultural significance," writes Martin Cohen in his review in The Times Higher Education Supplement of Roger Scruton's I Drink Therefore I Am. "There is a fascinating book to be written about the history of sex," writes Eleanor Mills in her review in The Sunday Times of Brooke Magnanti's The Sex Myth. "There is a great book to be written about Hollywood and the mob," writes The Telegraph's Christopher Bray in his review of Tim Adler's Hollywood and the Mob.
"But" ... all together now .... "This Is Not It."
There is a great blog entry to be posted on the subject of book review clichés. Could this be it?