I don’t know about you, but Christmas is one of the periods of the year when I can really indulge in reading. The university I work for always closes between Christmas eve and the new year, add to that an extra week off I took – and there’s plenty of time to escape into book-world.
At the moment I am reading Neil McGregor’s Living with the Gods – a fascinating and thoughtful account about the importance of Faith in human history. Even a godless person like me is finding this really interesting. I love his compassionate style of writing, and if you’re into history- I can also recommend his wonderful book Germany, Memories of a Nation. A heart-breaking read at times!
The other book I’m enjoying as my ‘night cap’ is the most recent Maigret – Maigret and the Ghost. Great read! I think I said on another thread that Maigret (and Simenon in general) can be a challenge to read if you’re a woman (oh, the sexism!!), a Jew (thinly veiled anti-Semitism, especially in the earlier ones) or if you’re just human (racism abounds). Despite all of this, I find his descriptions of Paris in each decade since the 30’s the most evocative I’ve ever read. It’s almost cinematic in quality.
So… what are you/will you be reading over the festive period? Anything you would particularly recommend? Most recently I went on the @Ghost-of-Mr-Tallis’s recommendation and bought Imagined Communities – which has been a seriously thought-provoking and enjoyable read, so looking forward to hearing about other recommendations.
Hit me with your reading stick!