Finished! You’ll find my review here. “Take my camel, dear,” said my Aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass. The camel, a white Arabian Dhalur (single hump) from the famous herd of the Ruola tribe, had been a parting present, its saddle-bags stuffed with low-carat gold and… Read More Guardian 1000 Books Read: The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay
Books mentioned in this post: Martin Amis – Money D.H. Lawrence – Sons and Lovers Happy weekend, loves. I’m pleased to report I’m on book two of my Guardian 1000 project, though not as proud to admit book one crashed and burned after just under 100 pgs. I invoked the Librarian’s Rule of Law: Thou… Read More Sadness and chuckles and disgust: Reading in a nutshell.
Part of Martin Amis’s “London Trilogy,” along with the novel London Fields and The Information, Money was hailed as “a sprawling, fierce, vulgar display” (The New Republic) and “exhilarating, skillful, savvy” (The Times Literary Supplement) when it made its first appearance in the mid-1980s. Amis’s shocking,… Read More Guardian 1000 Project: ‘Money’ by Martin Amis
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann, 1912 “Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous – to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.” Death in Venice is a novella with a simple plot: aging composer Gustav von… Read More Guardian 1000 Reads: Death in Venice by Thomas Mann 
Turn away now, Austenites! I'm about to make a statement you will find vulgar and unfitting for a lady of good breeding: I've abandoned my reread of Pride and Prejudice, leaving it due to the antsy feeling I encountered every time I sat down to it. I simply could not carry on! Woe betide me!… Read More My abject apology to Miss Jane Austen: A Guardian 1,000 Novels Tale
Busy reading for review and even a bit for optional review. I always manage to squeeze in a little of both. That's what they call "life balance." Others may insist this is actually keeping your house clean, exercising, running errands and reading. But I'm not others. Work and pleasure; pleasure and work. And the occasional… Read More Hodge Podge of Books
The fine folks at Guardian.co.uk have gone through the massive work involved in creating one of the most thorough, eclectic and wide-ranging lists of "bucket reads" I've yet to see and I see an awful lot of book lists. Every one I can get my hands on, plus every book written about books and reading.… Read More Guardian UK – List of 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read