Let's talk books.
It's a glorious Autumn morning, the Booker Prize Winner was announced last night and we should stay topically on topic and talk books.
I have tons of books by my bedside table. Most of the time I adhere to my self-inflicted rule of one from the pile and one new. Most of the time. Recently I even read two from the pile before treating myself to a new one. But sometime I fall off the wagon big time and end up buying the whole Booker price short list.
I got the 'stack' from The Book People and it's always an excellent deal.
(Mind you... I haven't finished last year's shortlist yet... I still have two books to go.. soooo moving swiftly on...)
I was really tempted to start with the Anne Tyler book - I love the title and I loved all her books (the one where the protagonist walks away from her life/family because she has had enough etc.? that keeps popping into my head, you should read it "ladder of years" I think it is.. ) - but I told myself no... try something different, something new... chances are you'll love that one so be brave.
Well sometimes being brave bites you in the behind.
Geesh. My brain hurts.
I can see it's a very 'clever' book. That you need to be smart and imaginative and knowledgeable and deep and with a huge vocabulary to be able to write it... BUT... but it's quite hard to read. For me. You might think it's the great novel of the century. And it's totally 'of this time'. It's about society, a future society? or maybe our contemporary society... I don't know.
I find it hard going. It's dry.
To me. In my humble opinion. And I will finish it because I it's intriguing at the same time as being frustrating.
I keep wanting for something to happen ... but it doesn't, you know? I like plots. Plots are good.
I read a review (I think it might have been in the Guardian) that it said that once you finish it you'll want to throw the book to the wall and then pick it up and read it again.
Mmmmhhh I know which part I agree with.
Still on the subjects of books I always have a few on the go at the same time... on my kindle I'm reading "Stone Mattress: Nine Tales" by Margaret Attwood. She's one of my favourite and never lets me down; in the car door and usually read whilst waiting to pick up No 3 from school is "Cranford" by Elizabeth Gaskell which I'm enjoying enormously and I can't believe it escaped me when I went through my I'm only reading Classics phase.
If only I'd more time....