The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester

What happens when the uptight, academic establishment finds out that their top contributor to the English dictionary project is an American that was tried for murder and now resides in an asluym for the mentally ill?

Well, not much, unfortunately.

The premise of this book seems so outlandish, it seems like it was proposed by a Hollywood screenwriter. Unfortunately, the premise is the only interesting piece of story.

After the professor (there is no professor, so that’s misleading) meets the madman, he is surprised but not appalled. He does not try to suppress the story and runaway in disgrace. Nothing really happens. The characters are not that interesting and unless you are historical linguist, the story of the dictionary is not that interesting either.

I’m glad I read the book, but I don’t know if I would recommend it.