Tuesday 30 April 2019

Quidditch Through the Ages in the Bookshop

Slide Rule Autobiography of an Engineer by Nevil Shute

"If you cannot judge a book by its cover, surely we should not judge an author by one book alone?" - E.A. Bucchianeri

 "The critics greeted this book with a churlish and horrified outcry. Certain virtuous people, in newspapers no less virtuous, made a grimace of disgust as they picked it up with the tongs to throw it into the fire. Even the minor literary reviews, the ones that retail nightly the tittle-tattle from alcoves and private rooms, held their noses and talked of filth and stench. I am not complaining about this reception; on the contrary I am delighted to observe that my colleagues have such maidenly susceptibilities." - Émile Zola, Thérèse Raquin

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