Sunday, June 29, 2014


Truly Great Books?

"Hillary Rodham Clinton: By the Book," New York Times (June 11, 2014):
What was the last truly great book you read?

I can't stop thinking about "The Hare With Amber Eyes," by Edmund de Waal; "The Signature of All Things," by Elizabeth Gilbert; "Citizens of London," by Lynne Olson; and "A Suitable Boy," by Vikram Seth.
It's true that I live in a bubble, but I don't think I've ever even heard of these books. Three of the four were published within the past five years, during which time it's unlikely that any truly great books have appeared.

Hat tip: Jim K., for drawing my attention to Ralph Nader, "Hillary’s Haughty Hyperbole!" Common Dreams (June 19, 2014). Nader asks, "How can such a super-busy person have the time to absorb such a staggering load of diverse books?"

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