Top Five Saturday is a meme hosted by Devouring Books to discover and share books that all have a common theme. The list of themes currently runs at 1/4/20 — Funny Books1/11/20 — Books Over 5 years old1/18/20 — Unreliable Narrators1/25/10 — Books by Favorite Authors Ooooo I love me an unreliable narrator! The moment when we… Continue reading Top Five Saturday: Unreliable Narrators
Part memoir, part nature book, part social commentary, The Salt Path kind of fails to be any one thing. Had it not had a local interest for me, I am not sure that I would actually have finished it! The local section came - obviously - towards the end. It was a Sunday Times best… Continue reading The Salt Path, Raynor Winn
Heading - finally - into the last ten entries with A book with an unreliable narrator I do love me an unreliable narrator since reading Poe. Oh The Tell-Tale Heart! You know you've made it when your novel is restaged by The Simpsons! I love that shifting uncertainty of these narrators: how are they misleading… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge: Day 20!
Day 13, unlucky for some perhaps, brings with it a terribly arbitrary category: A book with a colour in the title. And, yes, I am anglicising the spelling of colour. And in my head, I am thinking "correcting" when I wrote "angliscising"! Okay, well let's generate a list and celebrate the joys of modern technology:… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge: Day 13!
Some books need more of an exercise in imagination than others. A bigger suspension of disbelief. An unborn narrator, for example, is one such. And not just unborn in a metaphorical sense but literally foetal. The narrator of McEwan's most recent book - recently serialised on Radio 4 - is a third-trimester Hamlet, set in modern London, recounting… Continue reading Nutshell, Ian McEwan
It's surprising how coincidences happen sometimes. I mean, it's no surprise that there's been a lot of crime and detective fiction in my reading list recently: it's basically research! But there's also been a lot of Shakespeare in it! Ali Shaw's The Trees isn't - I don't think - based on Shakespeare but there are… Continue reading The Ghost Of Shakespeare
There are a lot of books from my past creeping onto the silver screen. Books that I read long long loooooong before Hollywood thought to cash in. Books that I don't want people to think that I read after the film! Life of Pi Atonement Cloud Atlas The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Ooooo.... So much work piling up.... Marking, planning, moderating.... And I have just left the bookshop with this And this And on top of that, really enjoying Mrs Robinson's Disgrace by Kate Summerscale. Chances of completing much of that work is diminishing quickly!