Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose (8)
Born and raised in South Africa, at age twenty-one journalist Sandy Balfour went into exile and began traveling the world. While hitchhiking through Nairobi, Cairo, and Moscow, be ...more
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Balfour is taught originally by his girlfriend on the long journey ...more
Very well written. The history of crosswords and also the history of the author w ...more
This book is listed as "a memoir of love, exile and crosswords". I came for the crosswords but I stayed for the love and the exile. This caught my eye when it was heavily reviewed when it came out a few months ago, I put it on my list of "books to look for when they turn up in paperback" but recently decided to reserve it at the library instead.
It's pretty good stuff, not my usual fare, but I do enjoy biography and especially autobiography so long as it's not coupled with celebrity. Balfour tel...more
Because I've never been able to do one of those cryptic crosswords. I can, and have, done the NYTimes crosswords (a moment's bragging: several I've done the Sunday in ink in less than an hour). But cryptics? Not a chance.
What the author here suggests is that might be in part because I don't understand the common language of the puzzle, or the setter. Now, in this memoir/instruction manual, he's talking ma ...more
Oh, and Sandy is a man ... pretty vain for his gender, methinks!
I much enjoyed the travelogue of the countries visited and the author's writing style.