I’m 3/4’s of the way through the Gone With the Wind readalong, but I’m being good at stopping at the end of each reading section, so that any comments I make do not contain spoilers.
So I’m looking for something lighter, slimmer and quicker to read in between.
Perhaps you can help me decide which book I should take to bed tonight!
Brother of the More Famous Jack by Barbara Trapido –
‘I cannot in good conscience give the statutory thanks to my wife,’ it says, ‘for helpful comments on the manuscript, patient reading of drafts or corrections to proofs, because Jane did none of these things. She seldom reads and when she does it is never a thing of mine. Going by the lavish thanks to wives which I find in the prefaces to other men’s books, I deem myself uniquely injudicious in having married a woman who refuses to double as a high-grade editorial assistant. Since custom requires me to thank her for something, I thank her instead for the agreeable fact of her continuing presence which in twenty years I have never presumed to expect.’
Promising? A bit of humour, a bit of snap and bite. It could be the perfect antidote to a Civil War chunkster.
My other choice is The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide –
The small window in the corner of our kitchen bordered on a tall wooden fence, so close a person could barely pass by. From inside the house, its frosted glass looked like a dim movie screen.
This one sounds a little more introspective and thoughtful. It also has one of the best covers I’ve seen this year. Modern Japanese literature is about as far as possible from Civil War US as I can get!
Which way should I go?
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