"I'm afraid I'm one of those who thinks AAs work is technically perfect, but in the main, boring."
I agree.that much of AA's work is a little stiff and unimaginative. On the other hand, his visual "content" is often dependant on subtle tonalities, which don't come across in books, but only in the original prints.
"Egg tries to find beauty in a walk down the street..."
I'm not sure that beauty is what attracts him. He seems preoccupied with things ordinary, unfortunate, and mildly repulsive.
To each his own.