Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a peaceful, joyous holiday season, however or wherever you celebrate this time. Thank you for all your visits, comments and fellowship throughout the year.It has not been an easy year for me & my time in blogger land has helped me get through some trying days. Blogging & reading keep me sane even … Continue reading Merry Christmas

Summer by Edith Wharton

Described as the 'hot' Ethan Frome, Summer is Edith Wharton revelling in the "euphoric and depressed, confident and abjectly vulnerable" feelings that her real life love affair with Morton Fullerton engendered in her, according to Elizabeth Ammons in her Introduction to my Penguin Classic edition.Summer features all of Wharton's trademark themes - class consciousness, the … Continue reading Summer by Edith Wharton

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

My reactions to book three of Ferrante's Neapolitan series are a lot more confused than with her previous two books.I've just come to the not-so surprising end (when you consider the title) of Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay and all I have are these words running through my head:RumoursIndecisionMuddyDoubtsPush me-pull meFrustratingFor God's Sake!Get … Continue reading Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Ahhhh, this is more like it.After the slight disappointment of my Chamber of Secrets reread, it has been very pleasing to feel myself back in the warm embrace of a long lost friend with The Prisoner of Azkaban.From the first page, Rowling hooked me back into Harry's magical world.She kept the recap of previous stories to a … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling