Did you miss my post last week? There was a gremlin in the Yahoo pipe. A million thanks to Debra for sorting it out. I think the post eventually came through on Tuesday. So, what did you miss? I chatted a bit about a recent read, Empire Falls, raved about a moving children's book, The Snow Goose, and teed up my next two reads which were both Booker Prize winners: Coetzee's Disgrace, and Golding's Rites of Passage.
Now here we are a week later, and I'm pleased to say I have finished both of those books. I'm not a huge Coetzee fan, but I liked Disgrace more than expected (read my review). The Golding was a bit better. Similar to Lord of the Flies, Rites of Passage profiles an isolated microcosm of society (in this case, they are "isolated" on a ship bound from England to Australia). I realized just a few pages in that I'd seen a BBC dramatization of Rites of Passage a couple years ago. It was quite true to the book, and I also enjoyed Golding's writing. You can find my review here.
Last week I also patted myself on the back for being quick to reserve the 2009 Booker Prize winner at my library. Wolf Hall was released in the US this week and I was #5 in the queue. On Friday I logged on to the library system, not expecting much, and found that my reservation was already "in transit"! This means I might have it in my hands in the next few days, perhaps even tomorrow!!! This is great timing: not only am I dying to read it, but I'm going to be travelling next weekend and it will be great to lose myself in a good book en route.
Even though I finished Rites of Passage just yesterday, I can't sit idle waiting for my library request. So I started Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse this morning. It will probably take me 'til about page 50 before I get into the rhythm of her language, but I so enjoy her writing. And my past seven books have been written by men -- very unusual for me -- so I'm happy to be reconnecting with the feminine voice. And who better than Virginia Woolf?
What are you reading this week?
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