Suhring presents a highly detailed image of the nineteenth-century intellectual history in the field of music scholarship, with many excursuses
. On some seventy or so pages, the reader is introduced to the general intellectual zeitgeist of Berlin before and after the foundation of the Russian Empire through the lenses of Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Johann Gottfried Herder, Carl Fasch, Moses Mendelssohn and Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder, among others (Suhring likes to quote heavily and lengthily).
Interspersed throughout the book are five "excursuses
" dealing with historiographical or methodological issues.
Throughout the commentary there are six excursuses
: The Way; Kingdom of God; Crowds, Followers, Disciples, and the Twelve; Miracle Stories in Mark; Jesus the Teacher versus the Scribes; Markan Christology; The Messianic Secret; Mark and the Scriptures.
, a bibliography, and three indexes (names and subjects, ancient sources, and Hebrew words) complete the study.
Reeves also provides thematic excursuses
on Metatron and the significance of the staff of Moses.
Plot logic and narrative rhythm suffer from time to time, when they are obscured by unduly long-winded excursuses
. Quelqu'un s'approche is vexed by those occasional infelicities but is not overcome by them, for they are relatively minor flaws in a novel that is otherwise both intriguing and rewarding.
Wall labels were appallingly inconsistent, alternating between the barest descriptions and most long-winded excursuses
and rarely clarifying how these extraordinarily diverse practices qualified as "Conceptual." For example, Lygia Clark's works were said to "mean very little in-and-of themselves"; rather, they are "to be worn." This sounded more like a Productivist or phenomenological activity - as Clark's work has been described by Yve-Alain Bois - than a language-based practice.