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The Sunday Salon: Anticipation

The Sunday Salon.comHello Saloners !

I didn't post anything last week (what? you didn't notice?!), but that's only because I couldn't think of anything to write about. I once knew a Presbyterian minister who said, "sometimes you have a sermon to preach, and sometimes you just have to preach a sermon." Being in more of the latter state last week, and not being under any contractual obligation to contribute, I just decided to give it a break. I really enjoyed reading everyone's entries though.

So I return this week, not so much with "a sermon to preach," but at least a few thoughts to share about my current reading. My local library showered me with good fortune this week when three requests all arrived simultaneously. Right now I'm looking at these books, stacked up nice and pretty on a table, just waiting for my attention:

I have a feeling I might not like The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. I've seen all kinds of reviews and they seem quite mixed. And two friends with reading tastes similar to mine didn't care for it. Normally I wouldn't bother reading it, but I'm doing so out of an obsessive "completist" desire to read all Pulitzer winners. And it's a bit like taking medicine or removing a band-aid: might as well do it quickly and get it over with. 

Links, by Nuruddin Farah, is part of my "reading across borders" journey. Farah is a Somalian author and winner of the Neustadt International Prize for LIterature. This novel came highly recommended from other readers on LibraryThing and I'm looking forward to diving into it (once I get through Oscar, that is!) 

And finally, there's the new collection of short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri, Unaccustomed Earth. I just love her work, and this book has been praised high and low by critics and fellow readers alike. A friend of mine commented the other day how short stories make perfect lunch hour reading, and that's just how I plan to savor this book. I can't wait! 

With so much great reading ahead of me it's tempting to dive right in. But first, I need to finish my current read: Oscar and Lucinda, by Peter Carey. I'm really enjoying this story of an Anglican minister and an Australian heiress. My husband saw the book sitting on the table and said, "wasn't that made into a movie with Ralph Fiennes?" Well sure enough, he's right. There's not much that lodges permanently in his memory, but movie trivia most definitely does. Well I certainly like Ralph Fiennes; he can even make Lord Voldemort appealing! So I'm wondering if anyone out there can comment on the movie: was it good? Was it true to the book? Is it worth dropping into my Netflix queue?

Well, I'm off to spend this Sunday doing other things -- gardening, laundry, and so on -- and with PBS showing the BBC adaptation of Cranford tonight, I may not be doing much reading. Just anticipating the great reads ahead ...


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May. 4th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
Oscar and Lucinda - the movie
Happy Sunday Laura! I saw O and L several years ago (before I knew there even was a book!) and loved it. Haven't read the book yet (looking forward to that) so I can't comment on how true it was. But I found the movie very entertaining and stunningly beautiful.

I just got Unaccustomed Earth yesterday. I will wipe the drool marks off of it and start it next week.

Hope you enjoy the next Oscar.
May. 4th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
My library has just turned up 'Oscar Wao' as well, so we'll have to compare notes. They haven't even thought about ordering the Lahiri yet though. I'm going to have to nag at them, I can see. Isn't it always the way? Library books never turn up in a nice regular pattern. My best ever haul was six turning up on the same day as the Autumn Semester started. Now if ever there was an example of Sod's Law at work, that was it!
May. 4th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
I will be curious to hear your thoughts on all of these books. I hit the jackpot with the library yesterday too. It's a lot of fun, and their deadlines will keep me extra-motivated!

Enjoy your week!
May. 4th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
Morning Laura,
I was a little disappointed with Oscar, too. I gave it to my hubby to read and he didn't get past chapter three. So, I didn't even try. Good luck to you. :) Maggie

May. 4th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
I read Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies when it was first released, and really enjoyed it. I keep eyeing Unaccustomed Earth at my local B&N, but I think I'll wait until it hits the bargain table. I've just got so many other books that have been waiting patiently to be read.

I'm looking forward to Cranford tonight, as well. I simply adore Judi Dench!
May. 4th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
3m says
I listened to the first disc of Oscar Wao and didn't care for it much. Then I had to return after I got back from Argentina because there was a waiting list.

Ralph Fiennes is one of my favorite actors. I saw about a half an hour of Oscar & Lucinda one time before I had to leave somewhere and it looked really good. I never got it again, though, because I wanted to read the book first.

I do recommend his movies Wuthering Heights and Onegin. I LOVED those!
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