What Richard Condon is reading
In the past week or 10 days, I’ve read The Remains of the Day, which is a wonderful, wonderful novel. The Japanese-born author (Kazuo Ishiguro) is more English than the English masters. Then I’ve got a book called The Descent of Manners: Etiquette Rules and the Victorians, by Andrew St. George, published by Chatto & Windus in Britain. It’s about how codified life was in the Victorian period. I’m also reading, for about the sixth time, Finnley Wren, by Philip Wylie. It came out in 1934. I read it every six or seven years. It’s a very offbeat story about a man in the Depression. But it’s so informally bohemian it’s impossible to say what it’s about. I read in the evening from 5:30 to 7:30. Most of the things I read for information, for cribbing.