What books would you give a hypothetical godchild on the occasion of their 21st birthday? The books that might, all added up, act as a guide for life?
In London’s The Spectator, writer Simon Akam writes about godfathers, and ruminates on the works of literature he would give his godson.
He writes: “There is much to be said for godfathers. They offer the wisdom of maturity without the complications of direct filial ties. Likewise there is much to be said for 21st birthday celebrations, the last relic in our ossified, post-industrial society of the adulthood rituals of traditional peoples.
“The godfather’s 21st birthday present ...