But readers have learned that not just any book is suited to any occasion.” Ever since I was a young boy I have enjoyed book lists, which so often have introduced me to books and authors I might not otherwise encounter.
There is, of course, a definite subjectivity to a “best books” list, and yet we also find that certain books, because of any number of qualities and merits, tend to arrive on such lists.
(a self-fulfilling assumption), we might ask instead, What is the end of reading?
” One answer, I think, is that we read both to know . Turley Amy Welborn Mary Jo Anderson: Clive James’ is a bibliophile’s book.
Of all the books I read this year, nothing stimulated my mind and soul as much as Patrick Deneen’s extraordinarily thoughtful and beautifully crafted takes on the most important issues in American life today, always doing so with characteristic Deneen wit and intelligence.
Without exaggeration, I can state rather certainly that Greaney understands the post-Cold War world of fundamentalisms and terror better than anyone in the media or in academia.
He is jealous of Madeleine’s superior culinary talent.
Lardo consigns her to scullery maid but the plucky child manages to discover the strange and wonderful shop of Madame Pamplemousse.
This is a story of the resilience of good in the face of blind evil.
Read this novel for the sheer mastery of words and imagery.