Thanks, CR. I liked the academic 'jug jug'. Of course Ms Gardner should be reassured that no amount of that stuff could dull this phenomenal (and noumenal) work.
Given that no other of Eliot's work gets the same attention as TWL on this list, it would certainly seem to be the book of a life time for this ghostly crew.

Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Book Of A Lifetime: The Waste Land, By TS Eliot
Sally Gardner    
The Independent, 09 December 2011 

"[Listening] to a friend's treasured recording of the reading by Ted Hughes. I sat, mesmerised, certain that there must be some terrible mistake. Surely this couldn't possibly be that poem, the one wrapped around with so much intellectual barbed wire that it had managed to frighten off many a mere mortal? What I was listening to was a simply electrifying, helter-skelter ride, second to none. Cinema for the mind, sweets for the tongue, music for the ear. A diamond that no amount of academic 'jug jug' should ever be allowed to dull."