March 30, 2009
Many of you know, I have become a bit of a twitter fiend. Recently, I realised there is an active bookcrossing community on twitter. If you tweet, and bookcross, then consider following some of those listed below.
March 23, 2009
Why reading?, links
Read often. Read Regularly. Read Daily.
Reading is vital because it gives us a view onto a different world. Jesse Hines at Robust Writing shares a treatise on why reading enriches us. He makes the point that non-readers are trapped in their own world-view, with no chance at an alternative perspective. It’s an amazing image, and one that feels true for me.
This week I have been a bumbling publisher who makes bad decisions, and also a 72 year old, non-englsh speaking General, betrayed by a friend. Who have you been?
Read more of the article here
March 16, 2009
Review, What to Read
Why I chose it
This book is listed on the 1001 books you must read before you die. I have a strange obsession with the list, and can’t pass up a bookring (Q57) when it comes my way.
On of the great English comic novels, Diary of a Nobody bridges the world of Dickens to that of Waugh and Wodehouse… The masterstroke of the novel is the ironic distance between Pooter’s sense of himself and the world, and his dim recognition that matters might be otherwise.
What I reckon
This is a curious fictitious diary of a bumbling man in England in the 1890s. He works hard at fitting into his place in society, and is perpetually embarrassed by his son and friends, who are , basically, bounders. The only “normal” person in his life is is wife, who he perpetually undervalues. I got the impression she spends a bit of time laughing at him.
This book was enjoyable, but it was odd to relate to such an overlooked man, in a strange cultural context. I imagine a modern version of this might appear as a literary version of Kath and Kim. If I understood the culture well, it might have been hilarious.
The fact that this book is on the 1001 list makes me think it was probably one to the first novels in this style - where the protagonist is the butt of the jokes, not least his ridiculous puns. Very readable, but not a book that I would press on anyone else.
The copy I read is registered with bookcrossing. It was part of a bookray, and has travelled on to visit another reader.