Chronicles of Wasted Time by Malcolm Muggeridge

I’ve finally finished Chronicles of Wasted Time by Malcolm Muggeridge.


The autobiography consists of two previously published volumes, The Green Stick and The Infernal Grove, as well as the previously unpublished beginning of a third volume, The Right Eye. The writing is superb. Clean, clear, exhilarating. (Although I did notice more typographical errors in the second volume than in the first.) Muggeridge (1903-1990) often references historical works and personalities, which shouldn’t be surprising given that he spent most of his working years as a journalist.

I was intrigued by how (apparently) easily he moved back and forth between journalism and working in the public sector.

One complaint: The chapters are too long, averaging roughly 70 pages each. I assume this is partly why I read the tome slowly.

I previously wrote about this book several times: here, here and here.

The book was on my to-read list because it’s on the Image Journal list.

What do I pick up next? Something fictional, certainly. And one of my recently acquired treasures, also. But what? Another book from the list, or something breezier?

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3 responses to “Chronicles of Wasted Time by Malcolm Muggeridge

  1. Haha! I like that question, was the survey conducted online?

  2. Oops wrong entry. This comment goes with the death to paper media one. sorry

  3. rich richmorton

    Malcolm Muggeridge was too great, and too powerful at diction, i wish God grants me some of his eloquence and perfect wisdom

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