by michael on May 25, 2011

Dear reader, your scribbler is compelled to comment on this year’s list.

As list compiler for the Phoenix gang, it’s my obligation to read ahead and to make substitutions where needed.  The task is arduous, but I approach it with alacrity—verily.

I’ve selected six on which to comment:

  • After Such Pleasures by Dorothy Parker.  Great satire from the lady of acerbic wit.  Some is light, but the fine poignant story is “Big Blonde.”
  • September, September by Shelby Foote who violates many principles of logic and grammar, but tells a good story about robbery and the Little Rock school integration.
  • A Bell for Adano by John Hersey.  A good book, well told about democracy in post War Italy.  Better than War Lover.
  • Stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton. An American Tragedy beautifully written by the great historian of the pre War generation.
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.  A terse powerful novella about a resolute man and the relentless power of the sea.  Hemingway won the Nobel Peace Prize for this work.  Just a bit more effort than simply walking into our oval office.
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville.  Yes we are going to read this masterpiece and track down, well, most of the eccentricities.  Will report how the Bookies did with this difficult book—Ulysses next?
  • Pilote de Guerre by Antoine St Exupery.  Continuing the popular writer of the Bookies.  One of Antoine’s final pieces.

Well, readers we’re out of years but not out of books.  I’m confident we’ll met again blogging down the trail.

Michael J. Keyser


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