Books: Curmudgeon

LIKE IT WAS: THE DIARIES OF MALCOLM MUGGERIDGE

Edited by John Bright Holmes; Morrow; 560 pages; $18

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; all is vanity. He saith it in Calcutta and in Moscow, in London and New York, in newspapers and TV until the reader's attention flaggeth and verily his eyelids drop. Happily, Malcolm Muggeridge does not maintain a testamental tone throughout his selected diaries from 1932 to 1962. Despite the sackcloth prose, Muggeridge made his reputation as a restless journalist, BBC wit, and the scapegrace editor of Punch. When he is not...

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