Every literary theory of mine was contrary to him when I took up 'L'Assommoir,' though unconsciously I had always been as much of a realist as I could, but the book possessed me with the same fascination that I felt the other day in reading his 'L'Argent.' The critics know now that Zola is not the realist he used to fancy himself, and he is full of the best qualities of the romanticism he has hated so much; but for what he is, there is but one novelist of our time, or of any, that outmasters
him, and that is Tolstoy.
The operation, named Outmaster
, was aimed at stopping criminals using trains, buses and main roads to transport drugs and weapons around the area.
: Police check cars and their occupants at the Wirral exit of the Wallasey Tunnel Pictures: DAVE KENDALL; CHECKPOINT: Metal detectors were set up at Conway Park station and sniffer dogs were used to search for drugs on commuters and in vehicles at the roadside checks
Class A drugs and weapons including knives were obtained by police officers during Operation Outmaster
last night, which deployed 300 people from the police, Army and enforcement agents at nine sites across the peninsular's roads, and network and bus routes.