Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Richard Dawkins' five favorite books

Richard Dawkins, one of nonfiction's bad boys, is the author of the newly released An Appetite for Wonder, the first volume of what will be a two-part memoir.

One of his five favorite books, as told to The Week magazine:
Sword of Honor by Evelyn Waugh

How could so profoundly sensitive a writer of beautiful English have been such an apparently shallow, even unpleasant, man? Whatever the answer, I re-read Waugh's books again and again, mesmerized by the chiseled craftsmanship of every sentence. I could have chosen any of his books, but the Sword of Honor trilogy, an affectionately comic portrayal of the bungling chaos of military life, is perhaps my favorite.
Read about the other books on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue