Friday, February 04, 2005

The best thing about being sick.

Having spent the better part of the last week lying in bed feeling sorry for myself, the best thing has been that I have read a lot of books (I even felt too sick to eat chocolate!).

The Turning by Tim Winton. This is a collection of short stories that are all interwoven. I really enjoyed reading this book and I only wish that there could have been more stories. I never want Tim Winton's books to end.

Maus by Art Spiegelman. This is the graphic novel that tells the story of Art's father and his experiences as a Jew in the war - I'm sure you've read about it. Art has drawn the Jews as mice and the Nazis as Cats. I really liked the way he told the story - as it was told to him. I especially liked the father/son interaction in the book - although Handsomest didn't like this aspect. I felt that it gave the story tangible humanity and credibility.

The Colour by Rose Tremain. This is a great novel about an English couple who immigrate to New Zealand and are drawn by the lure of gold. There are a couple of stories interwoven in this novel that were really interesting. I especially liked the contrasting attitudes of the wife and the husbands mother. The descriptions of the countryside were very good and I found myself picturing the landscape easily. The end was a bit of a letdown though.

Masks by Fumiro Enchi. This is another novel by the same author of "Diary of a Mad Old Man". I really enjoyed Mad Old Man so I was keen to read this book but I didn't find it as engaging. It was still good but not awesome. It seemed to hold the reader at arms length somehow.

The Sea Garden by Sam Llewellyn. This was a mystery novel about the inheritance of an estate on an island. It was ok, a good book if you don't want to think, but I found the characterisations a little lack lustre and non-realistic. I mean this woman marries this guy a few months after meeting him. They inherit this estate on an island and within a few weeks, she is shagging the gardner and wishing that she hadn't married her husband, then back to being in love with her husband. I just couldn't believe that a character could be so mecurial.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (Bookgroup book). I've read this book before, but I still loved it second time around. A fantastic book with so many layers and meanings. The boys at bookgroup didn't find it too girly and everyone (except Helen) enjoyed it. I loved the way she wrote each chapter as a different character. Each character was so sharply defined - even if you missed reading who had writte the chapter - you could tell from the style and the language. If you haven't read this book - get thee to the book store.


Blogger Venerable (for consistency) said...

FYI: Diary of a Mad Old Man was actually written by Tanazaki Junichiro. Fumiko Enchi wrote Waiting Years, and is well known for her modernisation of The Tale of Genji.

12:11 pm  
Blogger Laziest Girl said...

I stand corrected. Thank you for your accuracy Ven.

8:21 am  

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