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    Question stripped down to the nub, down to no man's land

    ...Lindsay's readersin 1920—of whom there were very few, for the book sold only 596copies—might well have found them insuperably repellent: the sťancethat ends in a brutal act; the grin of Crystalman, which is the grinof flesh stripped down to the nub, down to no man's land; the coldunpleasant personality of Maskull; the sense that everything is beingtwice-told, ...

    source: John Clute's Introduction to A Voyage to Arcturus (Lindsay is the writer of the novel A Voyage to Arcturus)

    Can you please explain / paraphrase the part in bold above?
    Thank you in advance.
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    Re: stripped down to the nub, down to no man's land

    Not a teacher

    stripped down to the nub - means everything has been described/told in nitty-gritty details (to the core)/very detailed
    no man's land - the direct meaning is an ares of unowned, unclaimed, or uninhabited land

    The whole phrase emphasizes that the description was so complete and explicit (thoughtful and profound), that nothing else can be added to make it better.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 30-Mar-2016 at 13:53. Reason: Adding 'Not a teacher'.

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    Re: stripped down to the nub, down to no man's land

    tantrum, please read this extract from the posting guidelines:


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