While I am still busy working away on building a website for a charity, I don’t want to totally ignore this blog, so here is a link to a rather good guide in the Daily Telegraph to the top 15 Most Depressing Books. You may not agree with the choices, but it’s a well executed article and the comments from readers are fun too.
I think 120 Days of Sodom by the Marquis de Sade is probably the worst with, “its repetitive catalogue of violent abuse – the defilements, the disfigurements – will turn your stomach”. Whether Jude the Obscure should be in the list I’m not sure – I thought it was pretty good myself. And surely Sebald’s Austerlitz should win the prize for THE most depressing read (although I feature it as one of my best ever books with a perhaps overlong article here).
The charity website seems to be taking me ages to build. I’ve created 35 pages, but with a workers in Britain, Peru and Tanzania who all need to see the drafts and make comments, the logistics of getting approvals for all the items are not that simple. It’s very rewarding work though and I’ve learned huge amounts about some quite tekkie topics like PHP scripts, sliding photo panels and cascading style sheets. I think I’ve got another month or so’s work yet, but hope to publish a couple of book reviews in the next fortnight.
Down on the South Coast we’ve had some pretty stormy weather lately but there have been some good days between the gales and here are a couple of photos taken from the beaches near here (they’re watermarked Green Explorer because that’s my username on a photo-sharing site).
I hope everyone is enjoying life and reading lots of good books. Having just finished quite a serious new book by Tim Pears, I’m now having a great time with Sue Townsend’s Adrian Mole – The Prostrate Years which is very funny indeed.