Fr Justin of Nova et Vetera has tagged me. Just as he is not often tagged neither am I. So here are my selections:
Three fiction books everyone should read:
1. Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Mark Haddon
Can`t think of a third at the minute. I`m not a great reader of fiction.
Three non-fiction books everyone should read:
1 The Restoration of Christian Culture John Senior
2. Daily Life in Papal Rome in the Eighteenth Century Maurice Andrieux
3 The Two Catholic Churches: A Study in Oppression Antony Archer
(Also Moreschi: The Last Castrato Nicholas Clapton and Samuel Johnson by John Wain)
I read the John Senior book in an afternoon in 1984 at the monastery of Le Barroux. It is still a source of inspiration to me. It is now hard to get hold of. The Andrieux book is fascinating and very entertaining. The Archer book, written in 1986, is largely an account of the post Vatican 2 life of St Dominic`s parish in Newcastle and how the working class was alienated by the reforms. The book on Moreschi gives a fascinating insight into the life of the papal court at the end of the nineteenth century especially the conflict between the establishment and the new Cecilian movement led by Perosi.
Three authors everyone should read:
1 Joseph Ratzinger
2 H.V. Morton
3 Tom Stoppard
(Also perhaps Raymond Chandler, the Carmina Burana and Wendy Cope)
Three authors that I can’t get on with (but would like to be able to):
1. Jane Austen
3. St Teresa of Avila
I always take the life of St Teresa with me away on retreat and always think " This is rather good. Why did I have problems before? " and then always get derailed about the same place. It`s only really the Metamorphoses of Ovid that I struggle with: I really want to enjoy it but never manage to as much as I would like.
Three films everyone should see:
3. Branagh`s film of Love`s Labour`s Lost
( Also Kubrick`s Barry Lyndon)
I know Kenneth Branagh ruins the film by looking far too old to play Berowne but there is much I enjoyed here although generally the critics did not.