Thursday, March 15, 2018

Book Beginning: Eating People is Wrong by Malcolm Bradbury




Term had just begun. Professor Treece, head of the department of English, sat at his desk, his back to the window, with the cold, clear October light shining icily over his shoulders on to the turbulent heaps of paper upon his desk, on to the pale young faces of his three new students.

-- Eating People is Wrong by Malcolm Bradbury. This is my favorite book title ever. What's yours?

I love Campus Novels and Eating People is Wrong is an early classic I've been looking forward to for quite a while. I've been laughing out loud while reading it, although when I read the funny bits to my husband, he doesn't share my amusement. He thinks I'm an English Major nerd. .

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  1. Ha! That's an awesome title! The beginning sounds interesting, too!

    Jo-Ann at Inspiration Pie

  2. Your book looks very tempting. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I laughed out loud when I saw the title. Thank you. I really needed a laugh today. Maybe I'll try the book, too.

  4. With a title like that I just have to read this book!

  5. Being an English major nerd is not a bad thing at all, I'd take it as a compliment, haha. Interesting title. Happy Friday!

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

  6. You know, I didn't laugh at the title. I thought the title unusual but not funny. I'm glad it's a relaxing book.

  7. That's a great title and I probably need to read that book. My favorite book title is "The Elephant Who Liked To Smash Small Cars" (by Jean Merrill!)

  8. I've read some of Bradbury's other works, but not this one. I love the title. Though I couldn't help but think that Hannibal Lecter would disagree!

  9. Ha-ha! What a title. Is the book about a bunch of teachers showing off their bad student papers.


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