The Great Read Completed….(more or less)

The Winner

The end of January, and my first task for the year is complete; well not quite, for I didn’t read thirty books. Only twenty-eight. But wouldn’t you say reading Dickens is like reading two books? Here are the titles listed below. I leave you to form your own opinion as to whether I could have done more. But whatever the number, it has again been an agreeable experience and one I recommend. As I often say to the Silent Companion, ‘If only I was at the beach for a month with no interruptions.’ And he replies, ‘But you live at the beach.’ And it is true we live about twenty paces from the sea. But the interruptions of daily life also surround us.

Titles in order read

The Godmother … Hannelore Cayre

Mimi … Lucy Ellman

The Projectionist … Carlo Gebler

Bamboo Secrets: One Woman’s Quest through the Shadows of Japan … Patricia Dove Miller

How Proust can Change Your Life … Alain de Botton

Spook Country … William Gibson

The Black Notebook … Patrick Modiano

The Years … Annie Ernaux

The Time it Rained Fish … Philomema van Rijswijk

First Days of the year …Helene Cisoux

Gravity is the Thing … Jaclyn Moriarty

Zero History …William Gibson

Flaneuse … Lauren Elkin

Loudermilk …Lucy Ives

The Principles of Uncertainty …Maira Kalman

The Three Weissmans of Westport … Cathleen Schine

The Reading Party … Fenella Gentleman

Fin and Lady … Cathleen Schine

The Catastrophist … Carlo Gebler

The Underground … Hamid Ismailov

Paperboy … Christopher Fowler

Echoland … Per Petterson

Only a Matter of Time … V C Clinton-Baddeley

1947 … Elisabeth Asbrink

Bruny … Heather Rosev

The Devil Upstairs … Anthony O’Neill

Death’s Bright Dart …V C Clinton-Baddeley

Our Mutual Friend … Charles Dickens

Nine non-fiction and nineteen fiction.

Fifteen books written by women and thirteen by men.

Most enjoyable and impressive: The Years by Annie Ernaux. I will review this in the near future.

The worst, i.e the most annoying, written with overweening pretension, was First Days of the Year by Helene Cisoux. She seemed to be attempting to do what Annie Ernaux did so well, but the amount of throat clearing and general bull-dust meant she failed.

One new discovery: Cathleen Schine. An American fiction writer in the genre of family stories, but more interesting than that, in that her stories are about Jewish families where money is short, divorces are acrimonious, and credit cards are way over the limit. The Weissmans of Westport was particularly enjoyable and described as a new take on Sense and Sensibility.

20 thoughts on “The Great Read Completed….(more or less)

    1. Her book started well with an account of Virginia Woolf and co, but lost respect for her account of herself in Tokyo and hating the food! Also in the Agnes Varda section she just describes films.

              1. Geet is a split personality here. This particular one hasn’t read The Three. From the description it may be funnier, but They may not mean to has a lot going for it apart from that.
                Have a look at our rv.
                Have just finished The Grammarians which is very clever and pretty funny.

  1. I have Cathleen Schine’s The Grammarians waiting at the library. As well as Anthony O’Neill’s latest and Dorian Lynskey’s George Orwell book.

    Wot a treat.

    other Gert

    1. It is most enjoyable as well as being a great insight into recent French history from a personal viewpoint. I think this time the books I enjoyed most were in the non-fiction category.

  2. How do you remember what’s in those books Gert? You must have an army of workers to clean and cook for you? Either that or you read instead of sleep every night.

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