Sunday, April 5, 2009
I'm not sure how I feel about Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination. It was well written, and I'm interested in English history and culture, but it left me cold. Maybe it was because I don't have the requisite foundation, and a British reader would be as disconnected from an American version because she hadn't read Paul Bunyan in 4th grade. I think Peter Ackroyd's writing style and the structure of the book factor in as well. The book seemed a bit dry and choppy, like the syllabus of a survey course for students who knew 90% of the material but have forgotten about half.