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Austen to Zafón

Reading widely since 1972.

Currently reading

A London Family, 1870-1900: A Trilogy
Molly Hughes
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Steven Galloway
Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
Lewis Thomas
All the Names
José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Neil MacGregor
Down the Garden Path
Beverley Nichols
Virtue Betray'd, Or, Anna Bullen
John Banks
Year of Wonders
Geraldine Brooks
Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Illusion in java
Gene Fowler
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats - Edward Gorey, T.S. Eliot It's hard to believe that this is the same guy who wrote The Wasteland, but I guess when you're writing for your godchildren, it's good to be more cheerful and even surprisingly silly. My favorites are Song of the Jellicles (which I once knew by heart) and The Naming of Cats. I tried a couple of years ago to read this to my son, who was then 5, but though he adores cats, he doesn't think much of poetry. He's a boy who likes a plot. He did use Jellicle as the the name for a stuffed cat though. I don't think a single person he told the name to got the reference, which is a sad indication that this book is not so widely read these days. That's too bad, as I think it's wittier and more fun to read aloud than, say, Edward Lear or Dr Suess or even Jack Prelutsky, who gets on my nerves after a while. In fact, I think I'll go home, pull it off the shelf, and try reading it aloud again. At the very least, *I'll* certainly enjoy it.