Friday, December 28, 2007

After Christmas

Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.

- Arnold Lobel  

Some of the books I received for Christmas: Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel by R. Alan Culpepper, Guns Germs and Steel: a short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years and Collapse: how societies choose to fail or survive both by Jared Diamond, 666 and all that by Greg Clarke & John Dickson and Surprised by Hope by N. T. Wright. Feeling jealous yet? My wife says my beard is already too long.


Anonymous said...

Greg read the Jard Diamond Collapse book - very interesting but somewhat depressing too - Australia has a starring role!

Happy New Year


bigdog said...

I was in Durham cathedral in December and stumbled across NT Wright launching 'Surprised by Hope'. So I got a signed copy plus free mulled wine and mince pies. I'm going to say that experience of getting that book was better than quantity...


Meredith said...

I reckon you'll really like the Italo Calvino - I think thats a terrific little book. Be interested to hear your thoughts.

For christmas, i recieved A thousand Splendid Suns, by the author of 'the kite runner' whose name i forget. I thought it was interesting but bleak - i'd never read something set in afghanistan before. I also recieved Germaine Greer's book on Shakespear's wife, which is a really interesting piece of deeply historically informed speculation about a person about whom we can know very little for sure.

Anonymous said...

Been reading a book I think you would apprecited. John Humphrey's - In God We Doubt. It's I ahve found it very interesting and the first time I had read a lot of things from a agnostic perspective.

byron smith said...

Stef - indeed, Australia does have a starring role. Some minor mistakes about Australia did make me a little wary of how accurate the rest of the book might be on every detail, but it was a fascinating read. Highly recommended.

Victor - Nice!

Meredith - I'm going to post more on the Calvino. I read it in a single day the day after this post and it quickly became my favourite book of 2007! I've read The Kite Runner, which was good, but I wouldn't say excellent. I'd noticed that Greer book and thought it looked interesting.

Doug - thanks for the recommendation, and for the card!