Wednesday, 8 May 2013

'Constantinople: City of the World’s Desire' and other titles

Looking forward to going to Smyrna, a.k.a. Izmir, with a friend, in October. 

Levant is the book we both must read, by Philip Mansel. Mansel is the genius who wrote 'Constantinople: City of the World’s Desire', a book very nearly as good as its wonderful title. 

It could not possibly be absolutely as good. As a title, 'Constantinople: City of the World’s Desire' is comparable with William Morris's 'The Well at the World's End' - though that book, though pleasant, is not nearly as good as its sublime title.

Are there any other books with titles so good?

The only other one I can think of is also by William Morris, The Wood Beyond the World. Not a good book but a great title.

'The Unbearable Lightness of Being', a book I could not get through, also has a pretty good title. Are there others?

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