- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Great Northern Books Ltd; 60th Anniversary ed edition (10 Sept. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905080670
- ISBN-13: 978-1905080670
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 18 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Delight Hardcover – 10 Sep 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
In his forward--'The Grumbler's Apology'--he says that he has always been something of a curmudgeon, and that this is his "bit of penitence, for having grumbled so much, for having darkened the breakfast table, almost ruined the lunch, nearly silenced the dinner party, for all the fretting and chafing, grousing and croaking, for the old glum look and the thrust-out lower lip. "
I love that he is moved by the charm of small things, the power to delight that for instance the smell of bacon in the morning has: "We plan, we toil, we suffer - in hope of what? A camel-load of idols' eyes? The title deeds of Radio city? The Empire of Asia: A trip to the moon? No, no, no, no. Simply to wake just in time to smell coffee and bacon and eggs. And, again I cry, how rarely it happens! But when it does happen - then what a moment, what a morning, what delight!"
A picture of the man emerges from these little pieces. He is of the last century, served in the first world war and then worked in radio during the second. Famous as an author and playwright, whose works, I am ashamed to say, I have no familiarity with. These charming pieces seem a good introduction; I shall look for further works.
Whether celebrating ordinary pleasures, such as reading detective stories in bed, or more exotic ones, like the smell of Tahiti on the horizon, Priestley's writing is pungent, humorous, touching and memorable. I first read this book about 20 years ago and have hunted down many second-hand copies and given them to friends and family. Some must have wondered why I had bought and carefully wrapped a somewhat faded book from half a century ago.
So it's a real delight to have this handsome new edition that fits nicely into the hands and does justice to a book that's bound to bring pleasure to a whole new generation of readers. You'll find that many of Priestley's delights are yours, too, although you may never have stopped to fully notice them before.
If I were a teacher, I'd ask each of my students to dip into this book as they wished, and then to try writing five or six hundred words to describe something that gives them special pleasure. They may not find it easy to do, but if they succeed, despite the buzz of jargon and circumlocution that surrounds us each day, they'll discover that one of the delights Priestley has to share with us is engaging language that goes straight to the heart.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A marvellous little read. All these years later, Priestley's prose still shimmers. This book is a list of all the little things in life that delight him. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert G. Janis
I have had a copy of this book for years and can say it is a delight. I have bought it since as a gift for others and it has never failed to disappoint. Read morePublished on 20 Feb. 2015 by Mrs S.
Delight has become a constant source of wonder in my life. you can venture in at any time a be swept away in its short tales of breath taking wonder. Be amazed. Be very amazed.Published on 4 Dec. 2012 by Lost Classics
A kind of autobiography of the author written in many different separate brief instances rather than with complete continuity as if the author is telling you what he wants you to... Read morePublished on 9 Sept. 2010 by Mr. G. Proctor
This is surely one of the better books of, very, short stories ever written. Brilliant in all ways!Published on 18 Feb. 2010 by Johan Sanden