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A Wholly Reluctant Blog

A blog by someone who prefers writing to writing about writing, but treats blogging like bad-tasting vitamins.

Currently reading

The Phantom Tollbooth
Jules Feiffer, Norton Juster
Walter Scott
Cloud Atlas
David Mitchell
Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
Daniel Quinn
Bulfinch's Mythology
Thomas Bulfinch
Stars in Their Courses: The Gettysburg Campaign, June-July 1863
Shelby Foote
A History of Mathematics, Second Edition
Carl B. Boyer, Isaac Asimov
What Pooh Might Have Said to Dante and Other Futile Speculations - Manny Rayner I've read enough of Manny's reviews, and understood a handful of them (owing to the fact that I am fractionally as well read as the author and sadly monolingual), so I feel confident in stating this is a book I would enjoy.

Will you enjoy this? In a word, no, unless you are a masochist. Reason: not enough pictures. If you are a masochist, you will find neverending pleasure in this collection.

The reason for the latter being that each time you don't understand a passage, you will receive an electric shock.


I'm not sure how this feature was managed, but I can say imbecile masochists are likely to take the most pleasure from this aspect of the collection, while moderately intelligent folk are likely to find it an occassional distraction.

For my part, I'm neither a masochist nor moderately intelligent, but I managed to understand enough to enjoy the book, even if I now walk with a slight draw to the left.