Post by Jep Gambardella on Nov 30, 2019 21:23:53 GMT
James Meek wound the clock back to 14th-century England for a feat of scholarship and storytelling combined. Written in gleeful approximations of priestly, courtly and peasant medieval English, To Calais, in Ordinary Time (Canongate) follows a motley group of travellers in the shadow of the Black Death. Its portrait of individual dramas unfolding against the prospect of apocalypse speaks to current fears of climate crisis and Brexit alike.
That sounds like something I would be interested in, if anyone is looking for Christmas present suggestions for me!
I've read the Jaime Hernandez graphic novel Is This How You See Me? (I'm not about to miss out on a Maggie and Hopey story), and want to read the le Carre. I'd have to skim the fiction titles to see if any of them catch me.
The poetry, forget it. I hate to sound like a cranky non-PC old fart, but current poetry appears to have become the chief fortress of every cult of race/gender/identity politics out there. I want poetry to be beauty of language and insight, not grievance jockeying and journalism with metre. I'll pass on these titles.