Category Archives: Reading

Race the servants

Some index entries are even more interesting than the content of the book itself.  The index to Richard Coe’s translation of Stendhal‘s Rome, Naples and Florence (Calder, 1959) contains gems like this for which there are no actual referents in … Continue reading

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Masters of the Universe?

To understand the current economic crisis (pundits in the British media call it a developing catastrophe) I’m reading a book about the previous one: William D Cohan’s House of cards: how Wall Street’s gamblers broke capitalism (Allen Lane, 2009; UK … Continue reading

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The Outsider’s dreamworld

It’s always painful to be reminded, yet again, that those who inflict the greatest evil are so often those who believe that in doing so they are achieving the greatest good.  This explains, but only partly, why multiple killers are … Continue reading

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Novel endings

Like many readers, I imagine, I keep a mental list of novels which I think have particularly striking or moving endings.  Three good examples are Jane Eyre, L’Etranger and The Lord of the Rings.  One of the best is Watership … Continue reading

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