Sunday, November 26, 2006

Guardian: books of the year

The Guardian is running a hearty collection of opinion from writers and other opinionated characters about their favorite books of the year.

John Banville, Lionel Shriver, Tim Parks, Edmund White, Hanif Kureishi, Malcolm Gladwell, Beryl Bainbridge, Simon Schama, Siri Hustvedt, Jan Morris, William Boyd, Alain de Botton, David Lodge, and Ian Rankin are but a few of those volunteering thier picks of the year.

Click here, here, and here to see what they and others read and enjoyed this year.

I was glad to see that a few reader-writers shared my high opinion of Roth's Everyman, Updike's Terrorist, McCarthy's The Road, and Peter Carey's Theft. Also, it heartened me to see several recommenders praise Richard Ford's The Lay of the Land since I had been looking forward to it but noticed some diminished enthusiasm for the book recently.

--Marshal Zeringue