I have been an obsessive reader for as long as I can remember. Here are the books that I have read this past month.
Michelangelo: His Epic Life
Martin Gayford, 2013
I was looking for an insightful biography on Michelangelo, for a greater understanding of and connection to his works. I was not disappointed. This is a major work, wonderfully written and wonderfully researched, where all aspects of Michelangelo’s life are explored and where, to the best of my knowledge, none of his artworks are left out.
The Pursuit of Art: Travels, Encounters and Revelations
Martin Gayford, 2019
A stimulating and eclectic collection of meditations inspired by first-hand encounters with artworks and artists, and lessons learned along the way. Thoroughly enjoyable, makes you long to go out there and explore more art.
Samuel Beckett, 1951
This book has ruined the past week of my life. It has led to great psychological and physical exhaustion and even, on at least one occasion, a sleepless night. I suppose that was Beckett’s intention – to illustrate the meaningless of life, the stubbornness of men, the mess that one leaves behind without ever getting anywhere and in spite of the passing of time. The incredible violence and obnoxiousness that defines, almost helplessly, one’s existence. Yes, this is a masterpiece but I still feel I should warn anybody interested in reading this: are you sure you want to put yourself through it?