50 Books: 32-36
November has been a slow month for reading, but I did manage to read a few books:
First, I tackled Cyril Connolly's Enemies of Promise. Published in 1938, it's Connolly's take on the modernist movement and his attempt to answer the question: "How do I write a book that will still be read in ten years?" Many people have recommended this book to me as a guide to writing well. What makes a book last, it turns out, at least according to Connolly, is style--not plot, not story, not character development, but style. Hmm.
Next, I read a new science fiction book by a writer friend of mine, Adventures in Godhood, by Arlene F. Marks. If you like science fiction with a dose of humour, you will enjoy this.
Finally, I read three memoirs, a genre I am partial to: Trevor Noah's Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, Israel Epstein's My China Eye: Memoirs of a Jew and a Journalist, and Marco Polo's The Travels.
Fourteen to go, and one month to get there.