‘has the satisfying qualities of all skilled workmanship; an inspired index may be a thing of joy sometimes wittier, more eloquent and more enlightening than the book whose train it follows with such deceptive humility.’
But it’s a poor index: there are misspellings (Jean-Paul Satre and Neal Casady, for example), while important topics and themes are omitted altogether to make room for a throwaway mention of the fictional mad Arab Abdul Alhazred from H.P. Lovecraft’s horror stories.
The book is excellent, though. Jackson mentions in passing an enjoyable anecdote about ‘Noel Coward and the Hot Potato’ by the indexer Gordon Carey. I don’t know that one so I’ll have to hunt it down.