Friday, September 4, 2015

Writers to Read

Writers to Read: Nine Names That Belong on Your BookshelfWriters to Read: Nine Names That Belong on Your Bookshelf by Douglas Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

P.G. Wodehouse and H. L. Mencken. If this were Jeopardy,  you would get some $$ for offering the answer in the form of "Who are two authors that Josh is now reading as a direct result of Doug Wilson's Writers to Read?"

Wilson covers nine influential authors in only the way that Doug Wilson can. My choices to adoringly invest time into Tolkien, Chesterton, Lewis, and Robinson were all reaffirmed. And I learned more about each of them as well.  My curiosity about the works of T.S. Eliot was fanned, and I was surprised at how convinced I was that N.D. Wilson might end up one day in serious conversations about the great authors of the 20th century.

The greatest impact of this work was in regards to the new names. Wodehouse, Mencken, and Capon were all foreign to me. I had read none and heard of none (at least to the point I could remember). Wilson quickly convinced me that time with Wodehouse and Mencken would yield an exceptional return.

As far as it concerns Capon, I remain unconvinced that I could (or would want to) make it through a volume of his. But I'll make a deal. As soon as I exhaust the works of Tolkien, Lewis, Chesterton, Robinson,  Eliot, Wilson, Mencken, and Wodehouse,  then I will take the time and make the effort to dive into something by Capon!...maybe. :-)

This is a great book. I always love how Wilson writes, even if I don't agree with(or care about) what he is writing.  It is a special treat when the how and the what are both excellent and combine to give me such an edifying and enjoyable reading experience. Writers to Read provided me with just that experience.

I received a copy of this book from Crossway in exchange for an honest review.


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