This is a wonderful, challenging, provocative book written in what must be the most readable prose of any of the major deconstructionists. Ariadne's Thread is deconstruction at its very best, transforming the act of reading and interpreting texts into an intellectual adventure, a hermeneutical high-wire act. "Constantly risking absurdity," Miller rarely stumbles. He pushes as far into his chosen texts as he can, and then he pushes farther. The extended considerations of character in Meredith's The Egoist and of relationships in Elective Affinities are startling and illuminating, and the ultimate, climactic reading of "Death and the Compass" is clever to the point of comedy (albeit very dark comedy, as befits Borges). Miller's shorter readings of Nietzsche, Joyce, Wittgenstein, etc. are never less than interesting. A very good book.