Halfway through Clayden. Hosanna ! A great book. I am getting a bit tired of the carbonyl group, but there is yet another chapter on the subject to come. It’s sort of like the blues, the chord pattern is always the same (e.g. the C = O bond), but what you do with it that separates the men from the boys. Clearly, a lot has been done in the past 50 years.
Time to write the great man himself, and see what he thinks about all this. Thanks to all the commenters — I’ll get to them shortly, but I just had to get past the halfway point.