I dreamt of reading 4 lovely novels while on vacation.
Then I remembered that I was 8 weeks behind in reading for one of my Master’s classes – which is the equivalent of about 1000 pages.
So I did both. The class books are nothing to write home about – at least not on this platform! – but Olive Kitteridge, A Spot of Bother and I Capture the Castle? Yes please.
Olive Kitteridge: to be honest, I had a hard time getting into it at first. I finished the first chapter, and felt like there’d been too much resolution, to the point that I wondered where the author would even BE able to go in the remaining 250 pages. So it was then that I read the back cover, and realized that the novel followed the life of a woman named Olive, as she appeared as a secondary character in individual chapters/stories. And it was lovely. All of us have a bit of Olive in us, I think: the goodness that meets ugliness, a heart on our sleeve disguised in thorns. So what started out as a questionable, leaning towards the latter love-hate relationship with her in the beginning was filled with nothing but love at the end. I wanted more.
A Spot of Bother: LOVED it. Totally brilliant in a completely dysfunctional family sort of way. I just read his first book a couple weeks ago, and wondered how it’d compare with the brilliancy there – and there we go, raw literary bliss right off the bat. I want more from him. Write, damn it!
I Capture the Castle: this is my “.5” of a book that I’m in the middle of and loving, even though I had to put it to rest due to impending Fuller papers (and the reading that goes along with it). But this book is a CLASSIC, folks, and I don’t know if you’re like me, but sometimes it takes me a little while to get into the rhythm of a classic – but once I’m in, I’m living the dream. I’m walking on Jane Austen sunshine (of which there are several references), and I’m hearing the British narrator’s voice and I’m wishing and hoping that I too can capture the good, the bad and the ugly of the castle as a budding 17-year-old author.
What have YOU been reading lately?0