Last night I finished Woman on the Edge of time - Marge Piercy. Strange book and certainly not an easy one to read. I found it quite compelling in some ways but also confusing at times and rather long winded in parts. Not a ringing endorsement but worth a read if you like a bit of feminist dystopia!!
I'm rereading Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym, and reading for the first time A Knife to the Heart by Barbara Nadel. I'm a big fan of both very different writers. Pym is inciteful but amusing; Nadel is gory at times, but her observation of Istanbul is spot on.
Steve, "I am the walker" sounds like an interesting book. I´m not usually into reading crime thrillers although I like watching Netflix series of that genre.
I´m currently reading "Where the crawdads sing" which has me hooked. It´s beautifully written, also about loneliness and belonging, and I love that the marsh and the nature within it is a character in itself.
Just noticed this thread. I haven’t been here too long and not explored enough. Anyway, I won’t repeat my thread about Anita Shreve on The Village Pump other than to say I am enjoying her work. I am not a Romantic Fan, or particularly Crime novels. I do like thoughtful human stories such as Carol Shields ‘Unless’ about a women’s younger daughter who suffers from a breakdown and the eventual reason behind it.
I love humorous books, This is going to Hurt by Adam Kaye about his time as a Doctor in obstetrics. Trust me, it’s both laugh out loud and sad at the same time.
Another genre I have come to enjoy is the Discworld series of books by Terry Pratchett. Both funny and extremely clever.
I do find I will reread books simply because when faced with shelves of fiction in a Library I just don’t know where to go so this seems like a great place for recommendations
ETA. A friend gave me Anne Tyler’s The Clockwinder today after I mentioned her work had been recommended to me, so that’s something to look forward to 👍🏼
I'm now rereading Susanna Gregory's A Plague on Both your Houses, set in Cambridge in 1342. It's the first in a series featuring Matthew Bartholomew, who teaches medicine at the university, and seemed appropriate for the present time.
I just read The Well of Loneliness. I´ve had the book for a long time, maybe 20 years or so, but not got round to reading it. I enjoyed it but more for its descriptions of where I grew up, Worcestershire, than the main theme. Of course, the taboo of being lesbian or "invert" some 100 years ago was fascinating and upsetting to read, particularly in terms of the mother/daughter relationship and I found the account of the First World War and the women's war ambulance service really interesting.
I've just finished reading Call of the Wild. I read it before donkeys years ago, and though I can't remember how old I was at the time I was certainly a child. Rereading it now I am astonished at how grown up and complicated both the writing and some of the concepts are for a children's book. I also found this when I reread The little Wooden Horse recently. I was amazed that I was reading such a 'difficult' text, in the sense of unusual or long words, aged 8! Not to mention how sad it was, though I do remember crying as a child when the horse loses his money through his broken leg. Back to Call of the Wild - it is also really very violent at times- something I certainly don't remember from when I read it before. Certainly no sugar coating and political correctness in those days!