The New York Times selects the year’s ten best books.

December 6, 2008 at 3:23 am (Best of 2008, books)

Oh, they’re coming fast and furious now! These ten have been selected from the recently published list of 100 Notable Books of 2008. And mirabile dictu – I’ve read three of them: Netherland, Unaccustomed Earth, and Nothing To Be Frightened Of.

I’m especially pleased to see that last title being honored in this way by the Times. Julian Barnes possesses many of the attributes that I prize in a writer – or, for that matter, in any person: breadth of erudition, a deep empathy with the human experience, a fundamental kindness, and great wit. Nothing To Be Frightened Of is a tour de force in which he displays all of these qualities, and more.

Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes

1 Comment

  1. featherbookseries said,

    I think Best books is a better judge of a good book, you just can’t trust bestseller anymore…

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