Our last jaunt to the local council library saw us coming back with armloads of books. Mr.R picked up several pertaining to his first love, music. I, on the other hand, didn’t miss the opportunity to dig out some new, some interesting, some heard of books. I’m currently reading several at a time – which may be the reason why I’m not finishing any.
Partly read are :
Poems on the Underground (a lovely selection of poems from 7th century Caedmon through the present, that actually appear on the London tube.) I’ve been picking up some for your pleasure too. Hope you’ve enjoyed them too. Aren’t the poems lovely?
Then there’s ‘The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’ by Alexander McCall Smith, the first one of a wonderful series about Precious Ramotswe setting up the only detective agency for ladies in Botswana. The book was voted one of International Books of the Year and the Millenium by the Times Literary Supplement. The series will be made into a TV series soon. I’ve just begun reading it – two chapters done and it’s a book that tugs at heart strings. The landscape reminds me so much of India. I try and imagine how a lady detective somewhere in rural Maharashtra would fare…hmmm, interesting concept, maybe I can write a story about it. Or maybe YOU can!
I’m also reading ‘Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing’ by David Morrell, the author of First Blood (the Rambo book) and many others. The book is a fascinating tutorial about how to write fiction. I might actually be able to make some sense out of it!
I’ve been looking for Julian Barnes’ ‘Talking it over’ for over 12 years. It’s not available anywhere. It probably didn’t do too well, I guess. I read the book and somehow the characters were ingrained in my head like family. I wrote down reams and reams of dialogue, because I loved the way the characters spoke – they used big, fancy words that one had to look up in a dictionary to understand. That was the appeal of it, I guess! Anyway, that book, I still couldn’t find, but the library had the next best thing – a sequel! It’s called ‘Love, etc’ and follows the lives of the three principal characters from where they left off in the original.
A decade or so later, somehow that style of writing doesn’t amuse me so much. I’ve spent many hours looking for the original book. It’s been a disappointment reading the sequel and perhaps I just wasted that time…Perhaps I just grew up.
Then there’s Anita Diamant’s ‘The Red Tent’ which I borrowed from Mr.R’s house in Goa. The book is about Dinah – whose life is only hinted at in the Bible, the daughter of Jacob and Leah. Another very interesting book full of strong women characters. I’m going to finish reading this and then read the original story in the Bible. Lets see what turns up!
Still waiting to be read are : Mark Haddon’s The Curious incident of the dog in the night time and a book that promises to be fascinating “The Great Hedge of India“. More about them later!