Saturday, 13 February 2016
Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Welcome to WWW Wednesday once again!
The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading
and revived by Taking on a World of Words.
I'm well into
Dead on Demand (A DCI Morton Crime Novel Book 1)
by Sean Campbell et al.
I'm about a quarter way through
by Kurt Vonnegut
I'm still slowly making my way through
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein
Recently Finished Reading
On the Road
by Jack Kerouac
It's been a struggle which is not to say that the book isn't stunningly brilliant. I found the mysogyny, although reflective of the era when the book was written, heavy going. Some of the descriptive writing particularly in the Mexico sequence is marvellous: the sounds, smells and atmosphere of the tropical night are so evocative. I've never been to the jungle but the writing was so real, I felt like I was there. The free-and-easy life-style, the intimate friendships, the impetuousness, the booze-and drugs culture, the casual sex, the poverty and the unexpected generosities, all combine to present a vivid and very human story. Kerouac's urgent, direct style drives the narrative forward from one crisis to the next and the effect is breathtaking. I'm glad I made the effort to read On The Road: it deserves its reputation. I don't know if it's on the books you must read before you die list but if it isn't, it should be.
I've also recently finished:
The Mysterious Disappearance of Mr Spearman: a cosy crime novella
by Jenny Worstall
After enjoying re-reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, I decided to re-read A Little Princess as well. Read more here. It was just as good as it was last time I read it. One of my favourites!
A Little Princess
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Planning To Read Next
None too sure what I'm reading next. Need to finish the ones I've got on the go at the moment.
I've downloaded a couple more from Frances Hodgson Burnett's list of titles that I never read as a child. I've really enjoyed the BBC Andrew Davies adaptation of War and Peace. So much so that I've ordered the DVD. I'm wondering if I should have another go at reading it. Maybe the visuals from the adaptation would help me to keep going with it. Not sure. It hasn't worked for Middlemarch or Little Dorritt - both of which I loved as TV adaptations but still can't get into as a reader. What do you think? Does a good TV adaptation help you get into a book you've found heavy going?