Saturday, December 04, 2010

Alexei Sayle's 6 best books

Liverpudlian Alexei Sayle is a comedian, actor and author, who is more familiar to British viewers than American audiences even though he had a role in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and signed a 7 year deal for The Golden Girls spinoff The Golden Palace before quitting after only two weeks: "Those old ladies are horrible," he said.

He named his six best books for the Daily Express. One title on his list:
The Good Soldier
by Ford Madox Ford

A very strange book set on the eve of the First World War, which is about two seemingly perfect couples.

Almost certainly like nothing else you’ve ever read it’s all about the unreliable narrator. A demanding read but it’s worth persevering. Trust me.
Read about another book on the list.

The Good Soldier
also appears on John Mullan's lists of ten of the best spas in literature, ten of the best failed couplings in literature and ten great novels with terrible original titles, and the Guardian's list of ten of the best unconsummated passions in fiction.

--Marshal Zeringue