Fat of the land

Jonathan Coe’s Bournville (“A novel in seven occasions”) is fortuitously timed. It is bookended by two VE Days (1945 and 2020), and four of the other “occasions” center on royal ceremonies, watched on television by the Lamb family down the generations: the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953, Charles’s investiture as Prince of Wales in … Read more

‘The Waste Land’ at 100

I was intrigued by Helen Vendler’s mistranslation of the Spanish title of a famous sonnet by Gérard de Nerval, “El desdichado”, as “the disinherited son”, which she then links to TS Eliot’s quoting of the poem’s second line, “Le prince d ‘Aquitaine à la tour abolie’, in The Waste Landand sees as reflecting Eliot’s parents’ … Read more