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Your Jewish Literature class sounds very interesting. When I get back into my reading rhythm I might try the memoir by Amos Oz. For the time being I am trying to finsih books I started earlier this year before the year is gone. Mostly meaning starting anew. I re-started Mary Stewart's Stormy Petrel and have started Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole.


We are having fall this week too, finally! So nice though a bit chilly in the mornings. You have a lot of good reading going on at the moment! A bunch of books on my library holds list are looking like they just might all avalanche on me about the same time so I have been trying to keep focused on my current in progress and not start anything new but it is so hard!


The Inspector Banks series by Peter Robinson is one of my favourite series. PR is a great author and I like his stand-alones as much as Inspector Banks. Enjoy!!!


I am enjoying the class immensely. Initially I was really disappointed as I wanted to take the Jewish-American Lit class but as it is off campus it was just too hard for me to get to on the bus. So this was a second choice, but it has ended up being really very good. The memoir is excellent--not sure if I will finish it by the time we discuss it in class but I am going to try--really we only need to read excerpts, but the whole reason I wanted to take the class was to read the literature. I think you will like the memoir when you get to it. I have not yet read Stormy Petrel--may have to pick a Mary Stewart novel for holiday reading--is it too early to be thinking of my winter break? ;) Let me know what you think of Letters from Skye--I like the premise and always like reading books of letters. Off topic--I will be (finally) sending a package to you very soon. Am hoping to get it in the mail on Saturday!


It was warmish here as recently as yesterday, but today was much cooler and tomorrow the high is just below 60F! I think the next week will be cool so I have already started pulling sweaters out to wear. No doubt the novelty will wear out but I might as well enjoy myself! :) I do have lots of good books on the go. I decided to revamp the reading pile and try and be more realistic in terms of what (from that list I made) I can actually finish. And I hope to read (finally...again) some Hardy this weekend. You will finish WAY ahead of me. I can't seem to read it fast and am only feeling a little tepid about it right now. I was hoping it would be more about Bathsheba but maybe I am just on an off chapter. Also dialect always slows me down, but then I guess I sort of expect that with Hardy. Feel free to read other books (start lots... just kidding... sort of...) so I can try and catch up a little bit at least.


I am definitely going to have to buy the first Inspector Banks mystery now! I think I have only read one other book by him--also a standalone if I remember correctly. I like him very much and had been reading the book on my lunch break (until I had to work on class reading) so look forward to getting back to it. It's such a great premise and now I wonder if she was hanged for a crime she didn't commit--I wonder if there will be a proper resolution...

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Peter Robinson is very good and I did like the Insp. Banks novels, in fact he was one of my favourite fictional policemen - until they did a TV series and the actor they cast looked (and acted) so unlike how I had seen the character that I went completely off him! Shallow, I know but it really bothered me! Peculiarly, although the casting for Ann Cleeves' Jimmy Perez in the TV version of her Shetland novels is equally unlike how I thought the character should look (the actor has reddish-blond hair and light eyes whereas the book version is dark and Spanish looking), I don't have a problem with it - no idea why!
I haven't read My Dear I Wanted to Tell You yet but I am currently reading her second book The Heroes' Welcome ( I don't think it is a follow-on - at least I hope not!) and really enjoying it, although I suspect it is going to be a poignant read as it deals with the aftermath of the war for both soldiers and their families at home.
Just finished The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson, a thriller set in the Marshalsea debtor's prison in 1727, and can thoroughly recommend it. I read it in two sittings as she has such a good spirit of time and place that it really drew me in.
STILL ploughing through The Oxford Book of 20th Century Ghost Stories (third year now!)and have The Turn of the Screw to pick up from the library - I have read so many books which it seems to have inspired over the years that I thought I ought to read the original.
Maybe I will feel more like reading cold weather reading when the autumn properly kicks in which it is supposed to do this weekend. Up to now we have had surprisingly high temperatures and a lot of sunshine, although the early mornings and nights could be a bit cool and misty. It certainly looks very pretty though.


I'm 100 pages into that Amos Oz book. I thought it was great but something distracted me and I haven't returned to it. I also got My Michael, which should be really good to.
The Moor sounds appealing and how great that the protagonist shares your interests!
Thanks for mentioning German Literature Month. I can help you with one choice. Benjamin Constant wrote in French. :). Swiss literature is tricky that way.


You know what's actually funny - I thought he was French.


I enjoyed Before the Poison when I read it - I remember it as very engrossing! I have a real yen for a ghost story but really ought to be reading other things... you know how it goes! I'm so glad your class is proving to be interesting. I've never read Amos Oz, thinking him to be a bit scary as writers go, but as ever, I'm sure he isn't when you get into his books. I wouldn't say no at all to some nice crisp autumn weather - it's still oddly sticky hot over here!


I think your Peter Robinson story is pretty funny actually! I know that feeling so well, though. When they first started filming the Lynley series I had read all the books then published and it was one of my very favorite mystery series. When I saw the cast and who they had chosen to play Lynley I was so disappointed? He was supposed to be blond and so very posh! I had this visceral reaction at first and was determined not to watch it. But then I did watch it and got hooked and now I can't imagine Lynley in any other way. Funny how we react to these things and it rarely makes sense.... I was thinking that the Louisa Young book wasn't a sequel exactly but that she maybe used some of the same characters? It probably doesn't matter in any case-I am really enjoying the book I am reading and have every intention of picking up her newest when it is published here. She's a very good writer and the story is really very engaging.
I had planned to read The Devil and Marshalsea as it won a dagger award--had it checked out from the library, but then you know how it goes with library books.... I really must pick it up again, though, since you liked it so much. I suspect I'll like it too--just too many reading choices, which you know all too well about! The nice thing about short story collections is you can pick them up and read a story here and there and then set it aside and not feel as though you have lost the thread! A reason I love short stories so much! It has turned chilly here! We may even get a freeze tonight but later in the week we're due for warm weather again...


I can see where the Oz book might be an easy one to get distracted from. It is a long book, too, but really interesting every time I pick it up. We really only need to read a few excerpts from it, so I will read those for Tuesday, but will keep reading the book in earnest--may take me until the end of the year to finish but this is one I will definitely persevere with. I very much like Laurie King's The Moor--I have been picking it up more than just about any other book lately. I think I'll keep going with the next one directly when I finish this one. I am looking forward to picking out one or two (or maybe three if they are short) books for your German Lit month. Would love to read Buddenbrooks, but I don't dare take that one on just now. Well, I guess the choice is easier with one less book! I knew Benjamin Constant was Swiss but assumed he wrote in German! Good thing you mentioned he actually writes in French! That is tricky!!


I had to look him up now--Swiss French it looks like. I didn't even realize he lived in the 18th century! Yikes--I should pay better attention. I was going to read Adolphe--but will save it for another time.


It is a good story and I have been very caught up in it. It's a bit of a morbid subject, isn't it. Not that that ever seems to stop me when it comes to mysteries. I am really enjoying the class. I was yammering on about something I had read about it and was asking my professor how much was really the author's intent and how much is just the critic reading into it--he said sometimes critics tend to overanalyze, though with Amos Oz is it easy to do as there is so much to his work. I didn't realize he was so challenging or I might have shied away, too. I'm really glad I read the novel, though. His memoir is much more straight forward if you ever want to give him a try. Isn't it weird when it is so hot and sticky this late in the year? We've been having a fair few of those sorts of days here, too. I sort of like the chillier weather--just don't want it to get TOO chilly!

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