die 11 Essays von Lamb sind großartig und die als zweiten Teil angefügten Briefwechsel mit Lamb und Dichterkollegen ebenso. I first read this short story in high school, more than a few years ago.
Rereading it today and all the right buttons were pushed again.
It is a collection of essays on a varied selection of topics ranging from the history of roasting suckling pig to Alcoholism and Gluttony.
I personally enjoyed the lighter topics included in the collection.
The divide between the haves and have-nots was insurmountable and to be placed in the situation of the narrator, having access to seemingly unlimited wealth, but none of his own was making his life a misery. I don't eat or like red meat, so a book titled "A Dissertation upon Roast Pig" did not immediately appeal to me.
Charles Lamb Dissertation Upon Roast Pig Summary
This was not my favorite in the series, but it was still an interesting addition to the Great Food Books. However, having the entire 20 strong Penguin great food series to read, I didn't really want to skip this one.
One essay was written about The New Year’s Coming of Age told as though each of the special days/holidays was a character, ” …The last of Lent was spunging upon Shrovetide’s pancakes…” The humor was well done and the ref This is a book I received as part of the Penguin Books Great Food Series.
One essay was written about The New Year’s Coming of Age told as though each of the special days/holidays was a character, ” …The last of Lent was spunging upon Shrovetide’s pancakes…” The humor was well done and the references to the nature of the days was still applicable today.
The only connection to food here is a type of tea made from wood that they apparently used to drink. The pig dissertation is Lamb's slightly silly explanation about how mankind discovered that you could roast a pig, and actually that it was rather tasty. I also liked his account of a massive dinner party to which all the days/seasons/events of the year were invited.
Some of the other chapters are a wee bit dull and he does drivel on, but I think in any compilation there's always going to be some winners and losers.