October 7th, 2015

pale reader

Book 94: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

Book 94: Elizabeth is Missing.
Author: Emma Healey, 2014.
Genre: Mystery. Ageing.
Other Details: ebook. 323 pages.

Maud’s been getting forgetful. She keeps buying peach slices when she has a cupboard full, forgets to drink the cups of tea she’s made and writes notes to remind herself of things. But Maud is determined to discover what has happened to her friend, Elizabeth, and what it has to do with the unsolved disappearance of her sister Sukey just after the Second World War. - synopsis from author's website.

A very intriguing and different mystery given that the protagonist, 82-year old Maud, struggles with dementia. The mystery of her friend Elizabeth's whereabouts becomes bound up in the memory of the disappearance of her sister after the war. It was interesting that these memories of times long past were more accessible to her than those that had taken place more recently.

This very popular novel was the selection for both of my reading groups and was well received by both. In the library group we had quite a small meeting though all of us that had read the book and felt it worked well. Of course, we talked about the fear of dementia whether for ourselves or for those close to us. With the second it was a younger group though again the theme of memory loss was discussed as much or even more than the mystery aspect of the book.

Certainly a strong début novel that deserved the Costa Book Award it won.

Books 41 - 50.

41. T. Brooks - The Secret Key To Heaven: The Vital Importance Of Private Prayer
This book concentrates on the private prayer, said at some private place inside or outside that we have chosen. Surprisingly informative and inspiring.

42. Simsek - So You Think You're A Hipster?: Cautionary Case Studies From The City Streets (118 pages)
43. Lanham - The Hipster Handbook (165 pages)
Two books on hipsters, the first concentrating on certain types, the second giving also things like their slang, movie preferences and job likes. The latter is in my opinion the better one, if one wants to choose :)

44. Watson - The Godly Man's Picture (246 pages)
Not as much worth it as I wanted to, but certain chapters at the end of it left it worth keeping. Borrow first.

45. Ilibagiza - The Rosary: The Prayer That Saved My Life (229 pages)
On how the rosary saved her life and mental health during her hiding in a safe place when the Rwanda genocide happened. Very useful also for starting practicing the rosary, more than many other books on rosary have given to me.

46. McKenna - Praying The Rosary: A Complete Guide To The World's Most Popular Form Of Prayer (261 pages)
A rosary book that started well and then seemed to give up and go where the author felt like it should go, but with which I couldn't agree, so into the library-donation pile it went. Borrow first.

47. St. Teresa Of Avila - The Letters Of... (288 pages)
The last book on her writings I hadn't read yet. Gives a good picture on what she was like, very approachable. Wide variety of letters on many subjects; worth it.

48. Baudelaire - The Flowers Of Evil (246 pages)
With French text on the left-side page which is nice for practice. Some really good poetry, some poems however made it less worth keeping, so I'm gonna copy the best ones and then library-donating it. But how you find it depends on your tastes. Borrow first.

49. Caldicott - Bombay Lunchbox (68 pages)
Not vegetarian like her other books, but plenty of colorful pictures once again, and delicious recipes. You don't need to get a tiffin luchbox to use the recipes, but it might be fun. :)

50. Pope Francis - Encountering Truth: Meeting God In The Everday (309 pages)
Morning homilies he held in front of a small audience, with simple, straightforward messages, both serious and tender. Most certainly worth buying :)
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