Reading List 2007

From 2007 I started to be a little more consistent – some would say obsessive – about writing down what I read. I also started noting the date, although not consistently. I won’t transcribe here my notes on the books, but I may post some thoughts on them in future.

So, my reading for 2007: (date indicates the day I closed the book; note that I usually have from 2 to 5 books open at any given time, so I often finish several in a short period)

  • January 3: Steven Millhauser – Little Kingdoms
  • January 6: Somerset Maugham – The Moon and Sixpence
  • January (date not noted): G. K. Chesterton – The Innocence of Father Brown
  • January 10: ZZ Packer: Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
  • February 1: Caro – Means of Ascent (vol. 1 of his biography of Lyndon Johnson) (Excellent stuff)
  • February 4: Honoré de Balzac – Eugenie Grandet
  • February 10: Victor Pelevin – Babylon (Trans. Andrew Bromfield)
  • Late February: Alan Bold – The Ballad (short book on the English and Scottish ballad form)
  • Late February: Richard Evans – The Coming of the Third Reich (vol. 1 of 3)
  • 16 March: Charles Fergus – Summer at Little Lava (A tedious little specimen of the memoir form, makes one wish the impending death of that form could be hastened.)
  • 18 March: Ian McEwan – Atonement (Excellent writing, although at times the excellence seemed self-conscious, as though the author were pausing to take a little bow in recognition of his own cleverness)
  • Undated: Josef Skvoecky – The Bass Saxophone (two novellas by a Czech writer)
  • Undated: Ian McEwan – Between the Sheets (short stories)
  • Undated: Baya Gacem – I, Nadia: Wife of a Terrorist (based on interviews with the anonymous “Nadia” by a French author, this is a fictionalized autobiography of an Algerian woman, widow of a minor Islamist terrorist. Not a pleasant read, but convincing and moving.)
  • Undated: Edmund Morris – The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
  • Undated: Wolpert – A New History Of India
  • May 4: David Thomson – England in the 19th Century
  • May 3: Jemiah Jefferson – A Drop Of Scarlet
  • May 11: Duff Cooper – Talleyrand (Biography of the French diplomat and self-preservationist)
  • May 17: Douglas Hofstadter – I Am a Strange Loop
  • May 25: Adam Zamoyski – Holy Madness (a history of revolutions and national movements from 1776 to 1870)
  • May 29: Theodor Fontane – Effi Briest (trans.: ??)
  • June 3: Percival Spear – History Of India vol. 2
  • June 3: Haruki Murakami – After Dark
  • June 4: Balzac – The Black Sheep
  • June 9: Michael Chabon – The Yiddish Policeman’s Union
  • June 10: Jonathan Schell – The Unconquerable World
  • June 21: Edmund Morris – Theodore Rex (2nd volume of life of Teddy Roosevelt)
  • June 21: Pollock – History of the Science of Politics
  • June 25: Amos Elon – The Pity of it All (a history of Jewish life and culture in Germany)
  • July 3: Philip Mansel – Paris Between Empires 1814-1852
  • July 7: Joseph Roth – The Radetzty March
  • July 15: Eraly – The Mughal Throne
  • July 22: Crankshaw – Bismarck
  • July 25: Troubetzkoy – The Crimean War (A Brief History)
  • July 31: Umberto Eco – Mouse Or Rat (a series of lectures reworked as chapters on the problems of translation)
  • August 5: V. S. Naipaul – Half a Life
  • August 6: Andre Maurois – the Life of Balzac
  • August 9: Christopher Benfy – The Great Wave
  • August 14: Clogg – A Short History Of Modern Greece
  • August 18: Tolstoy – Sebastopol
  • August 20: Finkely – Osman’s Dream
  • September 1: Adam Zamoyski – Rites Of Peace (history of the Congress of Vienna)
  • September 17: Robert Asprey – The Rise of Napoleon
  • October 1: Terry Bisson – On A Move (Biography of Mumia Abu-Jamal)
  • October 8: Tim Blanning – The Pursuit Of Glory (history of Europe in the long 18th Century, 1648-1815)
  • October 13: Henry Hobhouse – Seeds of Wealth
  • October 14: George Vernadsky – A History of Russia
  • October 15: Carlos Maria Dominguez – The House of Paper
  • October 25: Jay Winik – The Great Upheaval
  • October 25: Ian Fleming – Dr. No
  • October 31: Jonathan Carroll – The Wooden Sea
  • November 2: Henry Hobhouse – Seeds of Change
  • November 5: Lucius Shepard – Trujillo
  • November 7: Eberhard Kolb –  The Weimar Republic
  • November 16: Stanley Weintraub – Iron Tears
  • November 20: Hichens – The Rights of Man
  • December 4: Philip Henderson – William Morris – His Life, Work, and Friends
  • December 13: Priscila Robertson – The Revolutions of 1848
  • December 14: Robert Darnton – The Great Cat Massacre
  • December 20: Steven Ozment – A Mighty Fortress
  • December 23: Harry Frankfurt – On Truth

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