Book 1


Many thanks to you all for the huge amount of reading suggestions for my very lazy summer hols.  I shall endeavour to work (that’s not the right word at all!) through as many as possible over the next blissful six weeks and will give little updates occasionally.  Like this one…

First book of the summer was To The Wedding by John Berger and was suggested by Christina.  Picked this as my first book as it was was quite short and sounded very emotional.  The story revolved around the wedding of a 23 year old HIV positive girl.  Her estranged parents travel from different parts of Europe to be with their daughter, Ninon, in Italy as she marries her love, Gino, and as they do we learn of how she and they and he came to be in this situation.  Berger’s characters and their preoccpations reminded me a lot of Milan Kundera’s novels (which I loved as a student) but his writing is far more poetic.  That’s not a criticism nor a compliment – it just is.  Must say, it was a great start to my reading season.  I cried quite a lot but, despite the inevitably tragic end, I came away feeling far more uplifted than saddened. 

On to A Fine Balance now.  Early days but I suspect this may join the list of my favourite books…

9 thoughts on “Book 1

  1. Dear Wendy. I thought of another book that you might like to (re)read if you’re into classics – North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. I really enjoy it every time I pick it up. And then I go watch the miniseries and according to Mr Moi I have a goofy soppy look on my face the whole time.

  2. Sorry Wendy – not long been back from hols, so trying to get back on track with everything.

    My recommendation – Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. Look it up on Amazon. It’s an amazing book – I’ve never read anything like it, and I’m going to feel pretty bereft when I finish it!

    Another one-off, and totally appropriate for summer is Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains by Susan Elderkin.

    Others: Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Marukami; As Far as You Can Go, by Lesley Glaister; Julius Winsome by Gerard Donovan.

    Hope those keep you going, in addition to those already on your very long list!

  3. Oh what joy to get reading suggestions! As you’ve already had so many I will just add one (for more, see my favourite book list on the blog profile page:) – PopCo by Scarlett Thomas. My latest finsihed read, it was a.m.a.z.i.n.g!! Even better than The End of Mr Y (and that say a lot!)

  4. Little Miss Moi – I love “North and South” – haven’t read it in some time actually…

    Lee – You’re very welcome. 🙂

    Aforkfullofspaghetti – I’ve read Middlesex (superb) and everything by Murakami (one of my favourite authors). Sounds like we have similar tastes so shall definitely check out the others!

    Pia – Many thanks for the recommendations. “a.m.a.z.i.n.g.” is high praise indeed! Shall keep these in mind for later in the summer. 🙂

  5. Hi again Wendy

    If you liked Middlesex (which you obviously did!), you might also like Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey… It has a similar kind of dislocating narrative and multiple stories.

    Looking forward to reading what you think of other books you’ve had recommended to you (not by me), too!

  6. What wonderful timing…. I stealing all of your book recommendations! Thanks!
    Mine are sill all packed up and, sadly, I need to spend some quality time at Amazon MarketPlace ;-))

  7. Aforkfullofspaghetti – Shall keep you up to date! I’m reading “A Fine Balance” at the moment and loving it.

    Roo – Thank you very much. 🙂

    Katie – Go do that!

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