Book 171

“The Adventures of Augie March”
Saul Bellow

According to Amis - and who am I to disagree - one of the great - if not the great - American novels.

Amis puts it this way (“War Against the Cliche” pg 469) “Augie March is the great American novel because of its fantastic inclusiveness, its pluralism, it’s qualmless promiscuity. In these pages the highest and the lowest mingle and hobnob in the vast promiscuity of Bellow’s prose”.

Couldn’t have out it better myself. 

Or Hitchens in his obit for Bellow (who died in April this year) writing about Augie:
“…in this work he took American immigrants out of the ghetto and sent them blinking into the sunshine if the Mexican boarder”.

Read 2.1.05 - 10.2.05

Book 171

“The Adventures of Augie March”
Saul Bellow

According to Amis - and who am I to disagree - one of the great - if not the great - American novels.

Amis puts it this way (“War Against the Cliche” pg 469) “Augie March is the great American novel because of its fantastic inclusiveness, its pluralism, it’s qualmless promiscuity. In these pages the highest and the lowest mingle and hobnob in the vast promiscuity of Bellow’s prose”.

Couldn’t have out it better myself.

Or Hitchens in his obit for Bellow (who died in April this year) writing about Augie:
“…in this work he took American immigrants out of the ghetto and sent them blinking into the sunshine if the Mexican boarder”.

Read 2.1.05 - 10.2.05

Book 169 (not 171)

“Flashman and the Angel of the Lord”
George McDonald Fraser

Mad John Charity Spring returns and the splendidly bizarre character of John Brown: 
“he was a sincere, worthy, autocratic, good-natured, terrible, dangerous old zealot, hard as nails, iron-willed, brave beyond belief, and possessed of all the muscular Christian virtues which I can’t stand.” Later Flashman says, “there’s a case to be made for saying he was the most evil influence ever let loose in North America.” Great stuff.

Read 23.12.04 - 2.1.05 (in New York for Xmas)

Book 169 (not 171)

“Flashman and the Angel of the Lord”
George McDonald Fraser

Mad John Charity Spring returns and the splendidly bizarre character of John Brown:
“he was a sincere, worthy, autocratic, good-natured, terrible, dangerous old zealot, hard as nails, iron-willed, brave beyond belief, and possessed of all the muscular Christian virtues which I can’t stand.” Later Flashman says, “there’s a case to be made for saying he was the most evil influence ever let loose in North America.” Great stuff.

Read 23.12.04 - 2.1.05 (in New York for Xmas)

Book 170

“Hardwood - Diabolical Englishman”
Fancies Stoner Saunders

More history - debunking the myth of the gallant mediaeval Knight  - they were a bunch of well organised bandits and mercenaries - although Hawkwood is well drawn as a real person.

Read 3.12.04 - 5.1.05

Book 170

“Hardwood - Diabolical Englishman”
Fancies Stoner Saunders

More history - debunking the myth of the gallant mediaeval Knight - they were a bunch of well organised bandits and mercenaries - although Hawkwood is well drawn as a real person.

Read 3.12.04 - 5.1.05