Friends of The Reader recommend their books of 2007.
By John Scrivener
The new book (new to me anyhow) I most enjoyed was The Betrothed, Alessandro Manzoni’s famous historical novel. I expected the story of Renzo and Lucia’s thwarted marriage to be a rather stilted affair, but not at all. It’s a wonderful book, richly-toned and with a surprising and sometimes subversive sense of humour. Deservedly a classic. Outside literature I most enjoyed Oliver O’Donovan’s two books of ‘political theology’, Desire of the Nations and Ways of Judgement. A mind of wide range and rare distinction.
John Scrivener is an editor of The Reader magazine and teaches literature courses in Continuing Education at the University of Liverpool.