I really enjoyed the last few lines of the review, so I’d like to share them with you:
“In his novel Changing Places, David Lodge — not on the list — introduces a game called Humiliation. Players earn points by admitting to a famous work that they have not read. The greater the work, the higher the point score. An obnoxious American academic, competing with a group of colleagues, finally gets the hang of the game and plays his trump card: Hamlet. He wins the game but is then denied tenure.”
Ah, the irony.
Grimes also admits: “I have a personal white whale: Moby Dick. I really must read it before I die.” Oh dear, Mr. Grimes. I’m afraid I share your guilt on that one. I started reading MD sometime the year before I moved to California but put it down and never returned to it. Yet another book to add to my GoodReads to-read list, I guess! Are there any classics that you’re embarrassed to say you haven’t read yet? Do tell.
I say, rather than feeling guilty about the ever-growing list of “must-reads” we may not have gotten to yet, we should be happy to know our options for quality reading are virtually endless!