A Lifetime’s Erudition

The Shock of Recognition: The Books and Music That Have Inspired Me by Barry Jones Allen & Unwin, 2016, 412 pages, $32.99 Three of these books deal with subjects of which he is so ignorant that he will have to read at least fifty pages if he is to avoid making some howler which will betray him not merely to the author (who of course knows all about the habits of book reviewers), but even to the general reader. — George Orwell, “Confessions of a Book Reviewer” Don’t tell me you’re going to read all the books you said you…

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