Sunday, 28 January 2018
A challenging and inventive examination of what it was to be a black American in the mid twentieth century. Complex, surreal, disturbing and unfortunately still relevant reading within the context of the ugliness of our times.
Sunday, 14 January 2018
It has been a while coming, but I've decided to stop writing book reviews for the time being, perhaps for a year or so, in order to concentrate on other things. I will, however, be posting what I've read, including ratings and perhaps the odd comment.
Over the last six weeks or so I've finished reading three novels:
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (1979): Excellent
I first read this novel when I was 15, and it turns out that it is still brilliant; genuinely funny, weird and full of unforgettable characters. A deathless classic basically.
In Search of Lost Time - Volume One: Swann's Way - Marcel Proust (1913): Excellent
One of the greats of the European literary canon; best to let yourself be absorbed into Proust's world if you attempt to read it.
Daniel Martin - John Fowles (1977): Excellent
A seriously adult novel, full of meditations on the self, sex, nationality and love.