Friday, December 4, 2009

Being put in your place

No: Malcolm has not been idle these last few days.
All in all, it had been a good week ...
... until the New York Times published its list of 100 Notable Books of 2009.

And Malcolm had to recognise he had hit a new, all-time low ...

Just one fiftieth of the list.

For the record they are:
  • Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall (O.K., O.K. — it's still the Lady's side of the bed. But the spirit is willing, y'know);
  • Richard J. Evans's The Third Reich at War, which was not to be hurried, and has been a constant companion and friend for at least the last ten days.
As for the rest ...


However, Malcolm has to hand a small pile of the following:
  • To finish the floor;
  • Three weeks to go before daughters and their spawn decide what Dad/Grandad would really like for Christmas,
  • including an extended Eurostar weekend among the Belgians.
No rest for the wicked. Sphere: Related Content


Dewi Harries said...

Even worse....

Malcolm Redfellow said...

Ah, Dewi boy, to think I missed out on such gems as:

the views of General Petraeus's adviser on counter-insurgency (errm ... may I demur on the Economist's use of the apostrophe "s", without being though a total klutz?);

the biography of some eminent Argentinian Keynesian;

"how cooking made us human";

and so many more?

However, ...

the biog of Louis Armstrong (another one?) could be tasty;

and there's yet another Andrew Roberts ("Another damn big book, scribble, scribble, scribble ... " What is it with these historians?)

Dewi Harries said...

God help us....

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