Monday, December 9, 2013
Top Books of 2013
The Children of Men - by P.D. James. Another dystopia, this time set in a world where children have stopped being born. It's an amazingly creative idea, and though it's somewhat lacking in execution, James's characters stand out in a small human drama set in a world that has lost hope, and with it, all allegiance to the abstract. As always, P.D. James's prose shines in its stark, clear elegance. My review here.
The Dean's Watch - I hate to keep using predictable praise, but this is a gem. Nobody's heard of it. I mean, nobody. Elizabeth Goudge is obscurer than obscure (except, apparently, to J.K. Rowling). Why is a mystery. Her writing is full of a riotous joie de vivre (and yes, it's the first time I've used that expression, and probably the last, so enjoy it), and a fascination with the world through the eyes of Christianity. She can find a small piece of grace for even the most unlovely of persons. If Lord of the Flies is depressing, Goudge sends one soaring to the heights of optimism. You can find it on Abebooks. My review here.