Books

Both deep and dazzling

17 January 2004 12:00 am

Rivalled only by the Rabbit novels, John Updike’s early stories — the 100 or so pieces of short fiction he…

Grenada’s crowning glory

17 January 2004 12:00 am

Four years ago this author gave us Night & Horses & the Desert, an anthology of classical Arabic literature, all…

The nations’ airy navies

17 January 2004 12:00 am

When in 1890 Captain A. T. Mahan, United States Navy, produced his book on The Influence of Sea Power on…

Where are the eagles and the trumpets?

17 January 2004 12:00 am

When Count Mikl

His master’s voice

17 January 2004 12:00 am

It is a measure of the hypermnesia of the Nazi period — and of the concomitant amnesia of the history…

Too much key, not enough novel

17 January 2004 12:00 am

Susanna Moore’s fifth novel opens on board the Jupiter in February 1836, with the ladies — make that a capital…

The endurance of oracles

17 January 2004 12:00 am

State constitutions throughout the ancient world were designed to imitate the order of the universe. Their model was an esoteric…

Cola versus curry

17 January 2004 12:00 am

Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for her first volume of short stories. The Namesake is her first…

Can you forgive him?

17 January 2004 12:00 am

The story is a good one. Lady Anne was born in 1837 and died, in Egypt, in 1917. Her mother,…

By no means roses, roses all the way

10 January 2004 12:00 am

Robert Browning, in life, was always immensely popular in a worldly way; he knew everyone not just in London but…

The posthumous patriot

10 January 2004 12:00 am

In the spring of 1943, Allied armies in North Africa prepared to attack the Axis powers on the continent of…

Images with built-in obsolescence

10 January 2004 12:00 am

Film posters are not made to last. They appear on billboards, then they are torn down or pasted over. Sometimes…

A child of the ashram

10 January 2004 12:00 am

Tim Guest spent his boyhood in the Rajneesh spiritual communes during their heyday in the 1980s when they caused countless…

When Greek met Greek

10 January 2004 12:00 am

This book is an abridged version of one of the great works of modern classical scholarship, Donald Kagan’s four-volume history…

The pleasure dome in Wiltshire

10 January 2004 12:00 am

William Beckford’s Fonthill Abbey is thought of as a supreme example of romantic hubris and defiance of nature. The tower,…

Appointment in Sarajevo

10 January 2004 12:00 am

In July 2001, a few days after Slobodan Milosevic was flown to the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, Janine…

The best band in the land

3 January 2004 12:00 am

Being of the same age and provenance as Richard Morrison, I was intrigued to note that he honours the London…

Rivals at the court of King Adolf

3 January 2004 12:00 am

One of the Great War’s consequences may have been the dethronement of the Romanovs, Habsburgs and Hohenzollerns but — as…

The gentle art of murder

3 January 2004 12:00 am

It often seems that more rubbish is written about the cinema than about almost any other art form. Since too…

Two very different islands

3 January 2004 12:00 am

Reviewing this novel in 1946, when it was first published, Rosamond Lehmann described it as ‘a work of great originality…

Old-style Irish enterprise

3 January 2004 12:00 am

Irishness is perceptible almost everywhere, if you look with eyes half closed, especially in China, Israel and the Latin Countries…

A man who asked the right questions

3 January 2004 12:00 am

David Sylvester’s first ambition was to be a professional cricketer, and he possessed to the end that almost miraculous masculine…

Friends in high places

3 January 2004 12:00 am

David Lang first heard about the Himalayas when he was a little boy. As his father read aloud from the…

After the War was over . . .

27 December 2003 12:00 am

The spy novel is an essential literary genre of our present imagination. Like other popular forms at different times, it…

A lighter shade of genius

27 December 2003 12:00 am

Anyone who has ever had a duff interview will feel for James Kennaway, the screenwriter who met with Hitchcock in…