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Chronicles of Wasted Time Paperback – September 1, 2006
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Ian Hunter is a highly-experienced HR professional and consultant and founding partner of Orion Partners. He is co-author of Transforming HR [Thorogood Professional Insights series].
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Thanks to the efforts of the Malcolm Muggeridge Society in London, here are all three (or two and a bit) books together. What's more, the introduction is by Ian Hunter, who penned his own riveting bio of MM, Malcolm Muggeridge: A Life, as well as assembling short bits and shreds from hither and yon in The Very Best of Malcolm Muggeridge.
To my view, the Chronicles are the very best of MM. Were he to have some place in the literature of the last century, this is the book that would assure it. Not that he would want a place. He considered himself a journalist, not a writer, or as he loved to quote St. Augustine, "a vendor of words". However, as Ian Hunter reveals, he was not simply an observer but a player on the scene of the most tumultuous century in history. As biographer Richard Ingrams has noted, he seemed to know everyone and be everywhere.
In a sense, there was a third book, called Conversion, which appeared instead of The Right Eye. It's the only book he wrote after becoming a Roman Catholic in 1982, and appeared with various subtitles. It's not, as one might think, about becoming an RC, although it does cover that.Read more ›
Without doubt, Chronicles was his greatest work and should be compulsory reading for anyone learning English literature, for it will be found a totally engrossing read, start to finish. Spanning the early part of the twentieth century, Muggeridge was a master in use of the English language and his love of writing comes out on every page, together with his wit and wisdom. The Malcolm Muggeridge Society is bringing more of his work back into print and I'd like to think that it will be read not by existing fans but by a new generation.
Malcolm Muggeridge was a British journalist who lived from 1903 to 1990. He was raised in a staunchly socialist home, moved with his wife to Soviet Russia in the 1930s in order to be part of the great new world that Stalin was supposedly spearheading, but left disaffected. He served in the British Intelligence services during World War II, later became editor of Punch magazine, and even later, in his mid-sixties, converted to Christianity. In Chronicles of Wasted Time Muggeridge works out in his own body the conflicts and dilemmas of his era, providing a personal snapshot of the 20th century's struggles with socialism, with government, with sex, and with media. To all these he preaches a message of prophetic denunciation. Each thing, after all, is a promise of heaven on earth, and Muggeridge's message is imbued with authority because he has tried and experienced first-hand the best that the 20th century had to offer in terms of answers to the ills of man. "The really terrible thing about life," he observes, "is not that our dreams are unrealised but that they come true" (50).Read more ›
Loved it. Read it slowly, not in big bunches.
Reading Muggeridge is sheer pleasure, but not a comfy indulgence. He is brilliant. One thing has intrigued me about "The Infernal Grove": his WW2 experiences and reports match very closely the events and characters in Evelyn Waugh's fictional trilogy. I recommend without reservation that if you have not read Malcolm Muggeridge, you should do so now. Forget any public persona and impressions of him as a "character", and forget his silly dallying with Mary Whitehouse, etc --- his forte is writing, and he is brilliantly entertaining.
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Any Brit boomer who wants to see the world of their parents and their own youth, Muggers your man!Published 9 months ago by barry oconnor
Do you believe what you see or see what you believe? What creates conviction? Whence comes faith? Happiness found on earth now? Stalin the greatest man? Can the camera lie? Read morePublished 9 months ago by Clay Garner
Quality of printing was disappointing. Glossy black ink on semigloss white paper. So shiny it annoyingly reflects reading light back into your eye. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Brent Forrest
What a dynamic writer. wonderful story. i highly recommend it.Published 15 months ago by ARLENE Beneteau
This book is a real gem. Wasn't sure what to expect, but it was a complete pleasure to read. Muggeridge was an outstanding writer and witness to many amazing events. Read morePublished 17 months ago by sandra d cain
An entertaining and perceptive examination of the main currents of Liberalism in the 20th C.Published 23 months ago by Mudge
Muggeridge, though occasionally given to orchidaceous prose, was a stylist, and reading his books is always a pleasure for that reason. Read morePublished on May 10, 2014 by reading man
A fascinating man, sharp, witty and at times almost cruel, but endlessly spellbinding. A man you wish to know personally but carefully.Published on May 28, 2013 by Mary L McKenna