. . . are you reading now?
A modern Chinese novel – The Chronicles of the Explosion by Yan Lianke traces the transformation of a village into a city of 12 million people.
Historian Michael Burleigh is currently reading Yan Lianke’s The Explosion Chronicles
. . . would you take to a desert island?
Something I could read, forget and come back to. The Dark House of Dickens or The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky, perhaps.
. . . first gave you the read bug?
Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a brilliant study on marital breakdown.
. . . left you cold?
I like the shorter Henry James novels. But the Golden Bowl sentences are so torturous that I have to reread them over and over. Sad, really. My failure, not his.
Michael Burleigh’s Best of Times, Worst of Times, Pan Macmillan (£ 9.99)