What are you currently reading?
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I'm currently reading The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins and am also about to start listening to an audio book of Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Anyone else reading anything interesting and would care to share?
I might take a break and read 44 Scotland Street before I go home for Christmas, as my dad will probably want to discuss it.
I quite enjoyed The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, but I felt like it took a lot of reading, however, I LOVED Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs and am now determined to get hold of the sequel at some point to continue the story...
I was amused, though, when one of his characters speculates on how you don't tend to see girls in too-short skirts staggering around Union Street on a Saturday night because it's just too cold. Obviously it's been a while since he was last in Aberdeen!
Still plugging through War and Peace, but I got a lot of reading done over the holiday, so the end is in sight! Not that I'm not enjoying it, just that it's so long.
In the Tokyo suburbs four women work the draining graveyard shift at a boxed-lunch factory. Burdened with chores and heavy debts and isolated from husbands and children, they all secretly dream of a way out of their dead-end lives. A young mother among them finally cracks and strangles her philandering, gambling husband then confesses her crime to Masako, the closest of her colleagues. For reasons of her own, Masako agrees to assist her friend and seeks the help of the other co-workers to dismember and dispose of the body. The body parts are discovered, the police start asking questions, but the women have far more dangerous enemies -a yakuza connected loan shark who discovers their secret and has a business proposition, and a ruthless nightclub owner the police are convinced is guilty of the murder. He has lost everything as a result of their crime and he is out for revenge. Out is a psychologically taut and unflinching foray into the darkest recesses of the human soul, an unsettling reminder that the desperate desire for freedom can make the most ordinary person do the unimaginable.
Now listening to an audio book of The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley, which I downloaded from Librivox, and reading The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux.
Now I plan on reading Ireland: A Novel by Frank Delaney which I was given for Christmas. No idea what to expect but my uncle tells me I'll enjoy it.
Am starting 'Animal Dreams' by Barbara Kingsolver...not quite sure what to make of it yet.
Sorry. I'll go back to forgetting now that I was ever an English student!...
I've put fiction aside for the moment, and I'm reading Our Greatest Writers by John Carrington. Not only is this a great overview of British literature, but John Carrington was one of my English teachers at school, and I have a huge respect for him as a teacher, a scholar and a person. So I thoroughly recommend this to anyone wanting a refresher on English Lit from Chaucer to Seamus Heaney.
Now reading The House at Riverton which is good fun although not terribly challenging.