Though it was published in 2008, I just came across this list, by The Times of London, of the fifty greatest British writers since 1945. Each summary includes one essential work that represents the respective author’s ouevre — for Orwell, it’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (which, embarrassingly, I still haven’t read, but is on my “list”); for Ian McEwan it’s The Child in Time; for Roald Dahl it’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; and for V.S. Naipaul it’s In A Free State. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve never read any Naipaul, but I’ve recently read a few reviews of his authorized biography, by Patrick French, and I’m thoroughly fascinated.
- Updates to resume (semi) soon. Winter-break reads: Gone Girl; The Sense of an Ending; This is How You Lose Her; and a couple Alain de Botton 4 years ago
- Updates will recommence soon. Currently reading Hanna Rosin's forthcoming The End of Men: And the Rise of Women. goo.gl/mzjjM 5 years ago
- Reading a fascinating, terrifying memoir of a young woman's bout w autoimmune encephalitis, AKA the "Exorcist" disease: goo.gl/cuaGF 5 years ago
- Just bought "Barack Obama: The Story," David Maraniss's new bio that got all that fanfare in "Vanity Fair": goo.gl/4nzQ3 #hyped 5 years ago
- "In the Shadow of the Banyan," Vaddey Ratner's first, forthcoming novel about surviving the Khmer Rouge: goo.gl/pte1n #fridayreads 5 years ago