I appear to have finally beaten the cold that has been plaguing me this week but am still tired and dragging. With some really excellent books waiting to be discussed, I’m going to hold off until my brain is a little clearer and I can devote the time to writing the reviews that I feel they deserve. Until then, here are some book-ish links that I hope you’ll find interesting!
The Washington Post has a charmingly enthusiastic review of the now reprinted How to Live Like a Lord Without Really Trying by Shepherd Mead, which was first published in 1964. It sounds wonderfully old-fashioned, an example of “a subgenre that has largely disappeared: the truly lighthearted, mildly diverting book, written by a professional humorist with no greater goal than to provide civilized amusement for an idle hour or two.” My favourite subgenre, in other words!
If you enjoyed my response to Sheila Kaye-Smith’s views on ‘spoiling’ books by reading them too young, do read Jo Walton’s thoughts, which grew to such a length that instead of posting them in the comment section here she wrote a whole blog post of her own: Is There a Right Age to Read a Book?
And, for goodness sakes, if you’re not already watching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, it is time to start! Also be sure to catch up with The Lydia Bennet, whose storyline is getting particularly interesting. This modern-day web series adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is clever, exciting, and surprisingly thoughtful. I have been following since its premier last April and I am always thrilled when a new episode ‘airs’.
Speaking of Pride and Prejudice, the Economist’s Intelligent Life magazine is focused on Mr Darcy this month. A number of authors offer up their views on Austen’s most famous hero:
Ali Smith – The Gift of Astringency
P.D. James – The Master of Pemberley
Penelope Lively – He Never Appeals
Helen Simpson – Not a Bad Boy
Allison Pearson – The Immovable Mr Darcy
John Carey – The Damning First Proposal
Adam Foulds – Jane Austen’s Alpha Male
And while you’re at it, why not check out Simon’s Rethinking Darcy post too.
That should be enough to keep you all busy for today while I attempt to respond to your lovely comments on yesterday’s birthday post. Happy Friday!