Archive for December 25th, 2012

Book recommendations

If all goes well, this post, which I am writing in early December, will appear as if by magic in my blog on Christmas Day in the Morning.

As I explained in an earlier post, I am to recommend two books for Brian Joseph, c/o Babbling Books.

My choices are:

1. Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg
2. Happy Moscow by Andrey Platonov

Brian may be relieved to learn they are both reasonably short books!)

The first I have chosen because I love it (although I hope that admission doesn’t prevent Brian from panning it, should he disagree!) and can’t for the life of me understand why it’s so little known; and the second I have chosen because although I think it is the work of a very original and remarkable talent, I don’t think I really understood it, and would be pleased to have, as it were, a second opinion. There’s a very interesting review of it here.

Well, I’m offline till some time in the New Year. See you all then.