Current reads - 2018

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Current reads - 2018

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1sweetiegherkin
Sep 17, 2018, 7:37pm

Oh, how sad. I hadn't been keeping up with this group due to too many commitments on my time, but I didn't realize it had "officially gone dormant" (per LT's language). Please do let's keep talking about books by women.

At the moment I'm reading Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford, after having just finished up her other novel The Pursuit of Love.

2japaul22
Sep 17, 2018, 8:20pm

Oh that is sad. I hadn't noticed it had gone dormant.

I'm currently reading Shirley, the last book by a Brontë sister that I had left to read.

Recent books by women that I've loved are Melmoth by Sarah Perry, Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively, Tangerine by Christine Mangan, and Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.

3krazy4katz
Edited: Sep 17, 2018, 8:44pm

I just finished reading The Time is Noon by Pearl S. Buck. Beautifully written as always. She is one of my favorite authors. I have to say that this one was painfully sad for me at the end, but I don't think everyone will feel the same way as I do.

Before that, I read a humorous murder mystery, Death in a Mudflat, which was written by N. A. Granger, a friend of mine.

4sweetiegherkin
Sep 18, 2018, 4:30pm

>3 krazy4katz: Congrats to your friend on publishing her work! Also "humorous murder mystery" is not a combo I usually hear. I might have to check that one out.

5sweetiegherkin
Sep 18, 2018, 4:31pm

>2 japaul22: How are you enjoying Shirley?

6japaul22
Sep 18, 2018, 8:08pm

>5 sweetiegherkin: to be honest it isn't my favorite. I'm finding the characters boring and the love interests too overdone. And Brontë tries to put some social commentary in with owner vs. laborer topics but I'm not finding that it is meshing well with the plot. It seems separate and kind of forced. I've loved Gaskell's writing on similar societal commentary so this is disappointing.

Have you read it?

7LolaWalser
Edited: Sep 19, 2018, 1:08pm

I'm reading The Ship of Fools by Cristina Peri Rossi and liking it a lot so far. I think its three epigraphs say everything about "what it is about": Life is a voyage of experiment made against our will.--Fernando Pessoa. The marriage of reason and nightmare that has dominated the twentieth century has given birth to an ever more ambiguous world,--J. G. Ballard. Nothing destroys us more surely than the silence of another human being.--George Steiner

The municipal guard is so enraged by Ecks' refusal to pay or leave the bench, that he is now trying to push him off. Attracted by the din they are making, Vercingetorix approaches, holding the child by the hand. Other people are surrounding Ecks, making comments in the vein of "Would you believe it?" or "What have we come to?" or "Things are not what they used to be". Obviously they are on the side of the municipal guard, who is merely performing his duty, against Ecks, who not only is a foreigner, but also assumes he has the right to use public property without paying. Vercingetorix advances, elbowing his way (he has had to leave the little girl by a water fountain promising to be back straightaway) and rescues Ecks from the crowd, just as he is about to deliver a sermon on freedom, human rights and the meaning of authority, and all in that mixture of languages which comes to him whenever he is angry.

"Let's go," Vercingetorix orders in their native tongue, dragging him by the arm. "I just wanted to teach them about freedom," explains Ecks as he is almost lifted into the air by his friend.

An old white-haired woman is following them. As Vercingetorix looks around the fountain to find, sadly, that the little girl has gone, the woman catches up with them. Looking closely at Ecks and smiling mischievously she says, "I think that water, light, films and buses should also be free."

8sweetiegherkin
Sep 19, 2018, 6:07pm

>5 sweetiegherkin: I have not read it, but perhaps might someday so I was curious on your opinion. Which Gaskell books touched on the same social commentary?

9japaul22
Sep 19, 2018, 8:41pm

10sweetiegherkin
Sep 20, 2018, 7:03pm

Oh okay. I've read Cranford and Cousin Phillis, and don't recall that social commentary but to be fair it was a long time ago when I read them.