si: 2018 ROOTs
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Target 24 books.
While focusing on older ROOTs, as last year, I will be including anything on my TBR list.
>2 connie53: Thanks Connie. Looks like this is going to be a very active group.
First ROOT of 2018 finished.
The Cricket Match by Hugh De Selincourt
An English village cricket match, on a hot August day in 1921, between two rival villages. The story simply follows the home team of Tillinford as it's members, all of differing ages and backgrounds, gather for the game; briefly coming together as a team before, after the last ball is bowled, separating again and returning to their everyday lives.
Originally published in 1924. I read an illustrated edition published in 1990; which I picked up last year. Not earth-shattering, but an enjoyable read.
The Disappearance of Signora Giulia by Piero Chiara
Chiara is a well-known writer in his native Italy, but this is apparently the first English translation of one of his novels.
This is a short mystery novel. Corrado Sciancalepre is our dogged, if uninspired, detective who retraces the missing woman's steps and questions the men who fall under suspicion. There are twists and turns which bring the second half of the story to life after a steady start. Perhaps one turn to many at the end, but overall an intriguing read.
Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith
Third of five Tom Ripley novels published between 1955 and 1991.
The relationship in this book between Tom Ripley and Jonathan Trevanny is a brilliant achievement. While the plot pushes against credibility the main characters - Ripley, Trevanny and their wives Heloise & Simone - make the story seem whole credible, even inevitable.
The second book, Ripley under Ground, has memorable set-pieces, but the characters, apart from Ripley, don't always convince. A problem not repeated in Ripley's Game.
In some respects this book even surpasses The Talented Mr Ripley.
The Height of the Scream by Ramsey Campbell
Short story collection by the Liverpool writer. I've read one other book by Campbell, of which I remember very little. Which is probably why this collection has gone unread for many a year. That said Campbell is obviously a talented writer even if these stories too feel a little under powered.
>22 si: Excellent work on reading the 1998 ROOT! That must have been satisfying to take it down off the shelf.
11. The Strange Case Of The End Of Civilisation As We Know It
Screenplay of the 1977 television comedy written by John Cleese, Jack Hobbs & Joe McGrath. Illustrations and stlls from the show enliven the book, but overall the humour hasn't aged particularly well. I did find the show on YouTube, so may re-watch it, at some point, out of curiosity if nothing else.
>28 si: That is one of my all-time favourite books. I cared about every single character, even the more unpleasant ones. I was a bit disappointed with her eventual choice though! (although maybe if I reread it I would see him differently).
>29 Jackie_K: I had the same reaction to Lata's choice, but I put that down to us not really being told Lata's outlook on life, her hopes and plans for the future. After accepting 'his' proposal Lata explains her reasons and it's only then you start to see the adult she hopes to become. And then it ends with so many unanswered questions.
I wanted to read this after listening to an interview Vikram Seth gave on Radio 4 earlier this year. He did talk a little about 'A Suitable Girl'. Next year? Perhaps. It's set at a later date with mainly, but not all, new characters- the children and grandchildren...
And a television version is on the way link
>31 si: I love Pullman. One more of his books to read on the shelves here. Maybe soon.
Just about staying on target.
17th Root: Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Find myself double-checking every sentence I type since reading this guide to punctuation.
Very funny at times and filled with interesting snippets.
Bought at a local charity shop in 2011.
18th Root: Enigma
Second novel by Robert Harris involves spies & code-breakers; a beautiful blonde who's disappeared and a flawed, unstable but brilliant mathematician who has to solve the mystery while winning the war. The real-life elements keep the story on the right-side of plausible and I enjoyed the book a great deal more than Fatherland.
19th Root. The Hunting Gun
A novella from the start of Yasushi Inoue's long writing career.
A poet writes a short piece for a friend's hunting magazine based on someone he once passed while out walking. The man concerned, reads the poem and then writes to the poet; passing on three of his own letters, written to him by three different women, which tells the story of his affair from his wife's, his lover's and his lover's daughter's point of view.
Complicated set-up for an interesting idea.
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