I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.
I'm reading this with BrokenTune, and for all intents and purposes I'm a total Wagner newbie; anything I've read about him (if I have) hasn't stuck around, so I'm going in fresh.
I've only read the forward and introduction so far, but it's obvious I'm in for a ride; Wagner was not a sedate or boring man. If it weren't for the anti-semitism, I'd be looking forward to the rest of the book with 100% zeal. The anti-semitism is dinging my zeal to learn about Wagner. Simon Callow's writing, however, promises to be the spoonful of sugar that will help get the nasty down (sorry about pillaging Mary Poppins).