August 24, 2002
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Good Omens

Good Omens
Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

A famous economist (and a very old friend) recommended Gaiman and Pratchett's Good Omens over coffee at Sharples, where we had coffee together some decades ago.

She's right. It's a hilariously British account of the beginning and end of the world, replete with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse riding down the M1 on their Harley Davidsons pursued by the real Hell's Angels. Meanwhile, the angel Aziraphale, who once guarded the gates of Eden, enjoys a glass of thin, vinegary Beaujolais that he transforms into a perfectly acceptable (albeit astonished) Bordeaux.