Saturday, March 19, 2011

English Books

An entry about books which I have read recently. One wouldn't think that books written about the English language can be so readable and entertaining; Bill Bryson's book is informative and funny at the same time (without really trying) - as he quotes samples from real life. 
Ben MacIntyre's The Last Word is a compilation of articles from his column in The Times - covering topics about the English language, books, authors and others. My favourite is 'the letter to my widow' - Robert Falcon Scott's last word to his wife. Scott and five others died on the return journey from the South Pole - they arrived on the 7th January 1912 and to discovered that they have been preceded by Roald Amundsen's Norwegian expedition companion. Scott's frien, Lawrence Oates famously said ' I am just going outside and may be a while before walking out into a blizzard' - knowing that his ill health will slow down the expedition.

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