Friday, January 07, 2005

Goodbye 2004, Hello 2005

Final total of books read in 2004: 142, two short of a gross. Reading list for the year is available by e-mailing me at

Dedicating the first part of the year to re-reading a select list of classics. Three-fourths of the way through Don Quixote as edited by Edith Grossman. Also reading Stephen Ambrose's early history of Nixon. (The re-reading applies only to fiction.)

Don Quixote is funnier and more insightful than I expected. I last read Cervantes as a high school freshman and that was probably an abridged version. Grossman has done a superb job of translation. This is an eminently readable work.