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September books

Read this month

The Ode Less Travelled Stephen Fry

This is a jolly romp through various poetic forms and styles, examples of a sestina and so on. He likes poetry and wants to make it accessible to more people, and this is a good effort in that direction. Much better towards the end where he talks about language.

The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett

Children's book with all sorts of psychological allegory going on.

The Yiddish Policeman's Union Michael Chabon

Borrowed from happytune - I'm still reading it. Actually it's not really working that well for me so far but I will persist.

English verse, the best of the 20th century (that's English the language not the nationality)

Audio. Good, but some strange omissions.

The dove descending Thomas Howard

A book-length discussion of Four Quartets. These deep-analysis books always approach these poems from a pious angle. I know Eliot was pious himself, but I wish they were a bit less fannish. For instance, when Eliot talks about 'love' it seems to me he is cut off from it, mouthing the term because he's not really experiencing love for his fellow man or any particular individual. But these critics all talk as if referencing love with reverence is exhibiting it to the highest degree.

Woken Furies Richard Morgan

A second sequel to Altered Carbon, I'm still reading it. I just read an online review - oh where is it - of Morgan's latest book, saying that his novels are all about expressing anger. That illuminated every event in this book so far. For instance a woman beats a religious bully to death, and then the hero rescues her by infecting the misogynist's friend with a blood disease. If only life were like that, eh? It seems Morgan's work dramatises and partially assuages such frustration.
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