Umberto Eco has died. I recommend "Mouse or Rat".
Slightly different output from Harper Lee. I wonder how each of them will be remembered.
and while we ae remembering Harper Lee may I also recommend Maya Anjelou's Autobiographies , the first one, of 7, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, a fascinating study of a fascinating life from a fascinating Lady, you might have, guessed I am quite impressed by her :-)
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Never felt tempted... where would you recommend starting?
The first one, as edited above :-) and if you like strong and fascinating women, and don,t we all, something totally different from above, have you tried Dervla Murphy, with your penchant for travel I think you might enjoy her writing, Full Tilt is probably a good place to start
Thanks. It's now on the Kindle.
Read a fair bit of Dervla Murphy but got annoyed with the risks she took with her young daughter in the Andes. (I was with mine in Patagonia at the time.) I can't separate the artistic merit from that sort of thing.
I suppose my take is if her daughter escaped harm then all was well and she has memories and tales for life, I know that only works retrospectively, but what's life without risk.
and while I am feeling Bookish, must be moving house and sorting through books that's done it, if you like a bit of social history mixed in with your stories, The Bodhrán Makers is another of my all time favourites, doubt you'll find a kindle edition though, might have to be a proper book
Having recommended reading some Eco I should add that I don't think his nonfiction works qualify as either anthropology or philosophy. Just great writing and interesting reflections on human behaviour.
Can I recommend the great American novelist Richard Ford ? I started with Independence Day and my last was Let me be Frank with you . His prose is impossibly good - wry ,insightful and perfectly expressed.
But today I'd recommend a celebratory reading of "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote", especially if you haven't tried Borges before.
Tried some Richard Ford on the Kindle on the bike trip, but didn't get very far. Will try again.