The Book of Lost Books
Let me explain the opps. It relates to the book, so it's all good and relevant.
Sometime in 2006 this book showed up in the store. Maybe it sold a few copies, maybe it didn't. I don't know. But even if it sold a couple inevitably after a few months the people who sign my paychecks and Random House said, "Hey, we don't need to keep this book in the stores anymore, send them home."
Of course I said,...more
Kelly has done a creditable job of turning what could have been a mere annotated anti-bibliography into a chr...more
Sure, it's "esoteric and demanding" (New York Times), but that quality seems to be The Book of Lost Books' charm. A regular literary critic for Scotland on Sunday, this is Stuart Kelly's first book, a work born from a lifelong fascination with the missing pieces of literary history. The breadth of Kelly's knowledge impressed critics as much as his ability to be both approachable and authoritative, even though his sense of "what counts as
It is billed as a "bibliophile's dream", which is perhaps a little niche for a book that can be enjoyed both by casual readers and bookworms with an interest in the curios/origins of literature.
I think that the main issue is that in trying to have a clever take on each author, Kelly either understrives or overreaches or glosses over context. And in some places he's so clever that I'm still not sure entirely what the deal is. So on t...more
Se vi incuriosiscono i retroscena che si celano dietro la decisione di Gogol di bruciare il manoscritto contenente il seguito delle Anime Morte o vi chiedete come mai Menandro venisse considerato, senza mezzi termini, il più grande commediografo dell'antichità, questo è il libro che fa per voi.
This, on the other hand, was neither memorable nor fun.
It was not engaging. It was not amusing. And the writing, at times, stank of the author trying way too hard to be sly.
Humanist authors assign to this bishop (or not) a singular work, to wit, his history of all things past and upcoming, which diachronously charts, from birth and youth to coffin and tomb, a living individual's span. An ambiti...more
This book is supposed to be an attempt at an inventory of "lost books", books which were written but have not survived. As you might expect, a large part of the book refers to books from ancient times, which were mentioned in surviving works but have never been found. So far, so good. But later I began to realize that this also applies to books which were unfinished (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, by Dickens,...more
The author casts his net wide by using "lost" in a loose sense. Included are books which were projected but never actually written, incomplete works, and even extant books whose final published form differs significantly from the original conception (like part II of Don Quixote).
He also displays an acerbic wit and a healthy irreverence, going so far as insinuating that some of the lost works are better t...more
I did, however, like the biographical and historical ba...more
Some of the chapters felt a bit like trudging through, but a few really shined. Kelly's introduction and conclusions are great work as well.
This is not a book I'd...more
Overall though, the writing here is informative without draining and maintains interest while providing great back story and history of authors many sometimes forgot about after reading their "one big" title.
How I wish I could of been privy to a comedy by Homer!