Read, and like a lot, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders ★★★★★Also on:
📚 Read Warlight by Michael Ondaatje, enjoyable, opaque and wandering story told in fragments.
Read Ties by Domenico Starnone, translated by Jhumpa Lahiri 📚
Very enjoyable, funny, several view points & a nice twist. If I had read the preface before I started I would not have bought, it was referring to a more intellectual book altogether!
📚 Circe by Madeline Miller ★★★★★ A wonderful read. Best thing I’ve read for a long time.
📚 The Little Red Chairs – Edna O’Brien Not sure this really worked for me. Felt like half a novel and then several short linked pieces. The violence was brutal. Maybe the unexplained and spaces helped but I thought there was something missing. ★★★
Just finished Black Money by Ross MacDonald. Effective twisting Chandler-like crime from the 60s. I must have read it first as a teen in the 70s and enjoyed it again despite the odd grate against modern sensibilities. 📚 ★★★
📚 Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan Very enjoyable, pulled me along. Detail from several fascinating aspects of history (crime, war, merchant ships, diving) in the period. The drawing together at the end happened at a faster rate, perhaps too quick? ★ ★ ★ ★
BBC Radio 4 – The Reservoir Tapes Subscribed to the RSS feed. I really enjoyed reading Reservoir 13 last year, starts like a crime novel and then turns into a flow from the characters and place. 📚
📚 Nineteen Ways of Looking at Wang Wei (with More Ways) by Eliot Weinberger
I am trying not to finish this. A look at a 20 word poem via 19 translations is amusing, fascinating and I am throughly enjoying it. Going to look at some of Mr Weinberger’s essays later.