Sep 13, 11
Read from August 29 to September 13, 2011
Humphrey Carpenter is an excellent biographer. Though he openly admires his subjects as writers he neither idolizes or (even worse, in my opinion) sensationalizes their lives. Yet even in simply presenting the facts, Carpenter brings his subjects to life in an intriguing and important way. I felt almost like a fly on the wall at a meeting of the Inklings. He pulled from diaries, correspondence, and personal memories as well as the Inklings' works to create a sort conversation or debate between the members. Fascinating.
There were large sections of the book devoted to literary criticism. Though well-written, this doesn't much interest me and I simply skipped over these parts.