Day: July 12, 2012

Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

1984 Revisited – Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

A lot of my bookish friends consider me a serious reader, and I only shrug my shoulders at that. I don’t think David Mitchell, Kazuo Ishiguro, Marilynne Robinson, Jose Saramago, et al, are utterly serious writers. Why yes, they are serious about their craft, but their works are not too serious in the sense that they are stiff, droll, and boring reads. So what kind of books do I consider serious? Ah, books that deal largely with politics. Not my strongest point; it’s actually my Waterloo, a belief strengthened by the notion that students who get good grades at both English and Math tend to suffer at Social Studies. Read that again and you’d get a hint of the figures in my class cards. So it is not without trepidation when I ventured to read this book. I was intrigued by it for two reasons: its title and its inclusion in the top ten of Modern Library’s list of Top 100 books. The latter I find a little controversial because it is only in that …