September 2nd, 2011

El Corazon

104. Notes of a Dirty Old Man; 105. The Walking Dead #83

Notes of a Dirty Old Man
by Charles Bukowski

Started: September 1, 2011
Finished: September 2, 2011

There are a few stinkers in this collection but I loved most everything included in here. My only real gripe would be that I found the lack of proper capitalization to be a bit pretentious. 204 pages. Grade: A
The Walking Dead #83
by Robert Kirkman

Started/Finished: September 2, 2011

One helluva action-packed little issue. 27 pages. Grade: A-
Total # of books read in 2011: 105
Total # of pages read in 2011: 29,813
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August reads

75 Started Early, took my dog (2010) Kate Atkinson (F)
76 Last Train to Liguria (2009) Christine Dwyer Hickey (F)
77 Howards End is on the landing (2010) Susan Hill (NF)
78 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) Agatha Christie (F)
79 Dark Fire (2007) C J Sansome (F)
80 Mennonite in a little black dress (2011) Rhoda Janzen (NF)
81 The Ballad and the Source (1944) Rosamond Lehmann (F)
82 Blood on the Tongue (2002) Stephen Booth (F)
83 Ella Minnow Pea (2002) Mark Dunn (F)
84 White Ladies (1935) Francis Brett Young (F)
85 The Misses Mallet (1922) E H Young (F)
86 The Game (2004) Laurie R King (F)
87 Three Men in a Boat (1889) Jerome K Jerome (F)

Thirteen books read during August. I have been on holiday from work the whole month and so that is why it is a little higher than usual. 8 of them read on kindle, but only 2 non fiction. I am still not wanting to read non fiction very much - and when it comes to books - if I really don't fancy reading it - I often don't.

Some excellent reads this month, and also a nice variety. Hard to pick just 3 or 4 for special mention but...

1. Last Train to Liguria - Christine Dwyer Hickey - for sheer readability.

2 The Ballad and the Source - Rosamond Lehmann - I love Rosamond Lehmann and this complex ambitious novel is a work of some brilliance.

3 White Ladies - Francis Brett Young - a fabulous old fashioned read, by a sadly forgotten out of print Black Country author.

4 The Misses Mallet - E H Young - recently discovered this 1920's/1930's author and have become a huge fan.

Under The Greenwood Tree - Thomas Hardy (1872)

Read for The Thomas Hardy reading challenge.

"Under the Greenwood Tree" is Hardy's most bright, confident and optimistic novel. This delightful portrayal of a picturesque rural society, tinged with gentle humour and quiet irony, established Hardy as a writer. However, the novel is not merely a charming rural idyll. The double-plot, in which the love story of Dick Dewey and Fancy Day is inter-related with a tragic chapter in the history of Mellstock Choir, hints at the poignant disappearance of a long-lived and highly-valued traditional way of life.

This is my third reading of this novel. It is a beautifully observed description of rural life, and the impending changes in society. Although a fairly slight novel, Under the Greenwood Tree - still manages to contain a lot of colourful rural characters. These characters along with the Mellstock choir represent the old and the traditional, while Miss Fancy Day, the flighty young school mistress, represents all that is new and subject to change, and she herself is the cause of change within the community. The descriptions of this rural idyll are so wonderfully evocative and memorable, I have retained these images from each prior reading. A thouroughly enjoyable read -still.