The Gull Reef Club

1/8/2008

Final Books of 2007

Filed under: — Jaime @ 9:50 pm

The last books I read of 2007 were G.K. Chesterton’s The Napoleon of Notting Hill and Sinclair Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here. For the end of the year, my reading took me on dystopian bent.

I liked Can’t Happen far better than Napoleon. In fact, it’s hardly fair to compare the two. Can’t Happen is one of the best books I read in 2007. Sinclair Lewis was painfully insightful at many points in this story. Sometimes I’m left wondering why I hadn’t read a particular author sooner. Such is the case with Lewis. How did I miss him? More to come certainly.

I really don’t feel like getting into a big review of either of these two books right now. I will leave you beachcombers with this quaintly naive and lovely sentiment from Chesterton in Napoleon:

Freedom of speech means practically in our modern civilization that we must only talk about unimportant things. We must not talk about religion, for that is illiberal; we must not talk about bread and cheese, for that is talking shop; we must not talk about death, for that is depressing; we must not talk about birth, for that is indelicate. It cannot last. Something must break this strange indifference, this strange dreamy egoism, this strange loneliness of millions in a crowd. Something must break it. Why should it not be you and I?

3 Responses to “Final Books of 2007”

  1. Gina says:

    Despite what you said in your previous post, I do give a flying fart about what you read… and am dying for new material over here. Anything you can recommend off the top of your head?

  2. Jaime says:

    Well I recently read some Charles Bukowski poetry. I have no idea how I missed this quintessential dirty old man before, but what I’ve read so far is incredible. Maybe we could pick one of his novels and read it together. A two person book club. We’d be the envy of all the internet.

  3. Gina says:

    We would, in fact, be way cool with our own little elite book club. What I’ve read about his work so far does intrigue me. Which one did you have in mind?

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