What are the chances that I would fail to see that the word “took” occurs three
times in as many sentences?
Now I’m on to John Keegan, “History of Warfare,” which is for work and proves
hard work in the first chapter, but generally works for me.
On Jan 12, 2017, at 1:37 PM, david ritchie <profdritchie@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I found by happenstance a book about happenstance. In the condo where we
stayed on the final day of our trip I discovered a stash of books. Since I
had three to leave, I took two: a Twain and Penelope Lively, “Consequences.”
I knew her work only vaguely; I remembered that one of her adult novels took
the Booker. Since then I’ve learned that she took an honors degree in
history and married an academic. Not surprisingly history and academics are
important to “Consequences,” which is in some ways a cultural history of
twentieth century Britain beginning with an Eric Gill-like printmaker.
Having lived some of it, I enjoyed the descriptions and analysis, forgave the
plotting. I’m curious whether anyone on the list has also read this.
Here’s what others made of it: