I love you all--thanks for the flood of correspondence wondering where I've been--it's so nice to feel loved and missed! I have been away on a literary mission (!) and as soon as I get my photos downloaded, or is it uploaded?, I will post a couple and blog more about my adventure.
Have I piqued your curiosity?
For today, though, I am blogging about some books that are on my side table. These are books that I am in the midst of reading, but I've put them down because I knew at a certain point in each book that they would not work for my Literary Masters book groups and literary salons. However, these are books that I do intend to finish! We can call it a Mid-way WHIRL, if you like, or an In-Progress WHIRL:
here. Murakami is the author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which you may have read; I never have. I decided to start with Norwegian Wood on my brother's advice, and I...like it...I don't love it, but I do like it and I am willing to persevere with a rather slowish read. I am not, to be fair, very far into the novel. So far I think I've met the key players, although not a tremendous amount of action has taken place. The back of the book describes it as:
"A magnificent blending of the music, mood, and the ethos that was the sixties with the story of one college student's romantic coming of age, Norwegian Wood brilliantly recaptures a young man's first, hopeless, and heroic love."
Umm...okay. I hope to finish this novel to see why, again stated on the back of my book, "This stunning and elegiac novel propelled Hauki Murakami into the forefront of the literary scene..."
When I do, I will review it at length. Stay tuned!
Next, Tyrant Memory, by Horacio Castellanos Moya. You'll remember that I became an instant fan of this author when I read his novel, Senselessness. I eagerly anticipated his new book, and was so impatient, I bought it instead of waiting for a library copy! Although I am thoroughly enjoying it, I don't think it measures up to Moya's previous work--but, to be fair, I have not yet finished reading it, so stay tuned...
It follows a certain family, their trials and tribulations, in El Salvador in 1944 during the month between an attempted coup and a general strike that forced out the dictator Maximiliano Hernandez Martinez. Staggering between laugh-out-loud hilarity and close-your-eyes horror, this novel is a very compelling read. I just didn't think I could subject my book groups and literary salons to it, though.
Finally, for today, The Counterlife by Philip Roth. Many consider this to be his best work, so I was excited to read it. I am a fan of Roth, although I know a lot of women have difficulty reading his work. I've said before, as you know, that one of the funniest books I've ever read is Portnoy's Complaint, which I read many, many years ago.
Right, now that I am back turning pages and pressing keys, I hope to be posting much more frequently than I did during this past month. What about all of you, though? What Have YOU Been Reading Lately???
WHIRL (What Have I Read Lately) Books is a site for readers to find books for themselves and their book clubs. Liz at Literary Masters runs book groups and literary salons where we "dig deep" into literary treasures.